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14 Boots On the Ground Now 40, Colby’s Environmental Studies Program is growing exponentially, equipping students to tackle real-world problems.
DEPARTMENTS 02/Colby Online 03/From the Editor 04/Letters Colby News 07/Museum Expansion Underway 08/Familiar Voice Wins Lovejoy 08/Access Granted 09/A Fresh Start-up 09/The Culture of Air 10/Oak Fellow’s Caste Role 10/Class Ring Discovered 11/Alums Create Research, Internship Fund President’s report 12/On Steve Jobs and the liberal arts
Ink In His Veins New York Daily News Editor in Chief Kevin Convey ’77 is bullish on tabloid newspapers—print and online.
From the Hill
28/Q&A with cartoonist Lincoln Peirce ’85, creator of Big Nate 30/Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak ’88, philosophy professor by day, turns wood into emotion 32/Food COOT has students cooking—and eating—with new appreciation 34/With Projects for Peace grant, Sulaiman Nasseri ’12 gives Afghan women a future 36/Fiction, history, the future, and the past, by Willard Wyman ’56, Gerry Boyle ’78, Drew Magary ’98, Amalie Gosine Howard ’97, Don Snyder ’72, Robert Rogers ’65
Alumni at Large 40/Class Notes 65/Obituaries Alumni Profiles 45/Grayce Studley ’61 50/Stephen Orlov ’71 61/Bianca Belcher ’03 The Last Page 68/Julie Kafka ’12 on the small miracle that is growing zucchini on the Hill
39/Colorado recruiters see value in Colby
On the Cover Research Assistant William Supple IV ’12 collects water as part of a study of the shallow waters of Great Pond. Supple and five other students worked this summer with professors Russell Cole, Catherine Bevier, and Herbert Wilson to investigate the impacts of shoreland development on the lake’s shallow-water ecosystem.
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colbymagazine.com The Road From Marja
The convoy rolled out of the U.S. camp on the morning of Aug. 5. For Captain Erik Quist ’99, a month into a deployment to the rugged and restive area north of Marja in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, it was a first chance to visit eight outlying bases manned by the 220 newly installed Marines under his command. “See my Marines and say, ‘Hey, how are we doing?’” Quist said. “Make sure they were doing all the right things.” He never got there. …
Another World Antonio Mendez ’06: A Fulbright fellowship in Andorra opens the gates to this small but fascinating country. Story and photos.
Bliss, Before 9/11 A decade later, Braxton Williams ’99 recalls life in New York before the World Trade Center attack.
On Exhibit Niles Parker ’91 has made museums his career, from whaling to baseball.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Erik Quist ’99 taught tactics to fellow Marine Corps officers and fought in Iraq. But there was one aspect of warfare that Quist had not experienced. Becoming a casualty. Then Quist was severely injured in August when his armored vehicle was blown up by a remote-controlled explosive device north of Marja, Afghanistan. He was flown to a series of military hospitals and eventually was admitted to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. For Quist and his wife, Liz Czernicki Quist ’98, the long road to recovery had begun.
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Two tales of summer in the big city
New videos, now in high-def
All the City’s a Stage
For Ali Reader ’12, a summer handling logistics for FringeNYC helped her see the potential of majoring in theater at a liberal arts college.
InsideColby stops students in Pulver Pavilion to ask “What’s the coolest thing you learned in class today?” By Sonia Vargas ’15
By Jennifer Stephens ’12
In an essay about his internship at Marketplace, Dash Wasserman ’12 learned a lot more than how a radio program is produced.
COOT is much like it was decades ago—and different, too. By Carla Aronsohn ’13 Who needs cars? Students bike to the Common Ground Country Fair to make a statement. By Milton Guillen ’15
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S volume 100 • number 3 Staff Gerry Boyle ’78 managing editor Michael Kiser executive editor Brian Speer art direction and design Robert P. Hernandez design Stephen Collins ’74 college editor Ruth Jacobs news editor Laura Meader production coordinator, alumni-at-large editor Robert Clockedile, Ben Greeley online coordinators Sam Adams, Andrew Beauchesne ’14, Chris Bennett, Maddie Bergier ’12, Julia Bertozzi, Bridget Besaw, Greg Boyd, Nick Cardillicchio, Justin Knight, Heather Perry ’93, Jeff Pouland, Brian Speer, Dhokela Yzeiraj ’13, Kyle Wehner ’14 contributing photographers Jessalyn Steinman ’14J contributing illustrator Bridget Besaw cover photo Sally Baker, Patrick Brancaccio, Drew Bush ’03, Julie Kafka ’12, David McKay Wilson ’76, Diana McQueen, Kevin Rousseau, Pat Sims, David Treadwell, Dash Wasserman ’12, Kirsten Weir, Braxton Williams ’99 contributing writers Administration William D. Adams, president; Sally Baker, vice president; Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, director of alumni relations Alumni Council Executive Committee David C. Fernandez ’89, chair and president; Deborah Wathen Finn ’74, vice chair; Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, executive secretary/treasurer; Arthur Brennan ’68, Stephen E. Chase ’61, David S. Epstein ’86, Laura Pavlenko Lutton ’94, Mark R. Lyons ’77, Stephen C. Pfaff ’81, Catherine Roosevelt ’89, Jessica D’Ercole Stanton ’92, Jacquelyn Lindsey Wynn ’75, Shaquan A. Huntt ’13 To contact Colby: Managing Editor, Colby 4354 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901-8841 e-mail to: email@example.com 207-859-4354 Colby is published four times yearly. Visit us online: www.colby.edu/mag
ome longtime friends got together a few weeks back at a cottage on China Lake, and a trio of 1920s-vintage smiling Colby Mules (sketched in wool, framed, prominently displayed over the fieldstone fireplace) presided over it all. This was the more-or-less-annual gathering of the Colby chapter of the Tri Delta sorority, Class of ’58 or thereabouts. A baker’s dozen of the sorority sisters got together at the lakeside camps of Ellie Shorey Harris ’57 and her family. My wife, Mary (Foley) ’78, and I were invited by our friend Judy Squire ’58. It was a nice time, with good food, a lot of chatting, and some funny moments that echoed the group’s undergraduate days. And I’m sure they’d tell you that hasn’t changed one bit in 53 years. But what stuck with me was something one of the Tri-Delts said about “the girls.” Yes, they have a good time when they gather for their reunions. But, more importantly, they’ve stuck with each other when things haven’t gone so well. Several times I heard how these Colby friends were tremendously supportive when one Tri-Delt or another needed someone to lean on. “I don’t know what I would have done without them,” one woman said. And then another, and another. Life isn’t always a party, as we all know, and over five decades everyone is sure to go through some rough times. But this group of Colby friends has stayed together through thick and thin, as they say. And I know they’re one of many to do just that, as the class notes attest. But still, it was a pleasant reminder—as much for me as for you—that relationships struck up on the Hill can and do last a lifetime, that many of us leave Colby with much more than a degree.
Speaking of Colby bonds and class notes, readers may recall mention of Dana Robinson ’48 in this space in the summer issue. Robinson, who lived and worked in China, corresponded with Colby and Martin Connelly ’08 regarding an article Connelly wrote about Colbians in that country. Robinson died Sept. 17, just five weeks after the death of his wife of 62 years, Harriet Nourse Robinson ’47. The couple met and married at Colby after Dana Robinson returned to the College following service in the Navy during World War II. At Colby, we feel fortunate to have to made his acquaintance. Gerry Boyle ’78, P’06 Managing Editor
Contributors Julie Kafka ’12 (“The Miracle of Zucchini,” P. 68), from Newton, Mass., is a global studies major with minors in environmental studies and geology. Interested in women’s rights, sustainable food, and environmental geology, Kafka is also a captain of Ultimate Frisbee.
Kirsten Weir (“Boots On the Ground,” P. 14) is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She has a master’s in journalism from NYU and writes about science, health, and the environment for magazines such as Discover, New Scientist, and Psychology Today.
David McKay Wilson ’76 (“Ink In His Veins,” P. 22) is a New York-based journalist who writes regularly for magazines at colleges around the country, including Colby, Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and others.
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Comments from Colby’s Facebook post on the death of Professor of English R. Mark Benbow …
The Inspiring—and Sometimes Terrifying— Professor Benbow
Real Lessons, Indeed When I finished reading “Real Money, Real Lessons” (Summer 2011 Colby) by Laura [Meader], I was overcome with pride that I am a Colby alumna. This class is a shining example of why a liberal arts education is both necessary and immensely beneficial, both to students and to the larger community. I want to express sincere gratitude to Professor Thomas Morrione for organizing and acquiring funding for this class, and I want to congratulate the students in the class for their hard work, dedication and involvement. I don’t think it’s an over-exaggeration to say that the lessons they learned in this class will be with them for the rest of their lives. I am so thankful that I spent my college years at a school that fosters this type of passionate engagement in its students. Andrea Palmer ’05 Austin, Tex.
Time Deconstructed Wow! First the Jan Plan and now deja vu pagination. For readers like myself who have difficulty remembering what they’ve just read, the organization of the summer 2011 issue of Colby breaks new ground. I especially like the shuffled class notes, which illustrate what I’ve always believed: that age doesn’t matter and chronology is really just a convention. Or, as T.S. Eliot put it, “Time past
and time future/ What might have been and what has been/ Point to one end, which is always present.” Keep up the good work. Nicolas Ruf ’64 Rockland, Maine Editor’s note: A printer’s error resulted in mispagination of a small number of copies of the summer 2011 issue. Colby regrets the error and appreciates having it brought to our attention.
The Presence of Annie Proulx ’57 I read with pleasure Willard Wyman ’56’s review of Annie Proulx’s latest book, Bird Cloud (Spring 2011 Colby). I was reminded, also with pleasure, of Annie’s participation in the Class of ’57. She brought her distinctive liveliness to our class and, complete with jeans, brocade vest, violin, and taut intellect, was a presence to be remembered. Candace Orcutt ’57 Teaneck, N.J.
A Green Congrats Congratulations to Colby College for being the 13th greenest college in the USA. I was impressed that my alma mater is so high on the Sierra Club’s list this year. Keep up the good work! Ann Renner Stillwater ’81 Harrisburg, Pa.
Dr. Benbow was my first prof in the English Dept., and the most challenging professor of my Colby career—brilliant, inspirational, terrifying in the depth of his knowledge (I think he knew all the lines of the major plays), and unrelenting in his demands. I clearly remember his imposing voice, his unfiltered cigarettes, his furrowed brow, the styrofoam cup of coffee from the Spa, his cluttered office upstairs in the library, and the first “C” of my life in an English class. What an honor it was to study with a world renowned Shakespeare scholar at a place like Colby. I feel his guidance and inspiration every day in my own classroom. Rest in peace, Dr. Benbow. Thank you. Say hello to Charlie Bassett for me.
Emily Sprague ’79 Watertown, N.Y. “Admiral” Benbow ... what can I say. I took his “Shakespeare” lecture and survived ... then had the courage to take a senior seminar on Hamlet with him. Twelve of us started ... five finished. TOUGHEST ACADEMIC CHALLENGE I EVER TOOK ON. R.I.P. sir, you were one of the best.
Gary Fitts ’73 Port Charlotte, Fla. RIP Mr. Benbow. One of the most remarkable profs that I survived at Colby. Still intimidating even in death, but great minds never die.
Janice Bispham ’76 Palm Bay, Fla. He was remarkable ... in a serio-frightening way. I regard my B- in Shakespeare as my best grade at Colby. Great man, great teacher.
David Rea ’71 Northfield, N.H. Keep up with Colby on Facebook and Twitter facebook.com/colbycollege twitter.com/colbycollege
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Bleeding Colby Blue, or at least wearing it, members of the Mule Mob cheer on the Mules at the home football opener against Trinity, Sept. 24. Photo by Andrew Beauchesne â€™14
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Through the Mist
This photo was taken at 6:30 a.m. with the sun barely diffusing the morning haze. Reported the photographer, “Such glorious light!” Photo by Dhokela Yzeiraj ’13
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A Touch of Glass
Hill Drive they will see a structure that reflects the modernity of the museum and its growth in the 21st century. Construction of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion began in October. The 26,000-square-foot addition will include 10,000 square feet of new exhibition space, making Colby’s the largest art museum in Maine. The addition is named in recognition of a gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation and the partnership and friendship between Harold Alfond and Peter Lunder. It celebrates the deep commitment of the Alfond and Lunder families to Colby and the state of Maine, and
photo by Tannery Hill Studio
et on a campus where bricks dominate the built environment, the allglass façade of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion (rendering above) is likely to grab attention—as did the collection of art that precipitated its conception. When Peter ’56, D.F.A. ’98, and Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98, promised to Colby their art collection of more than 500 works, the news media and art aficionados took notice. “By all accounts, the Lunder donation launches Colby into the highest echelon of college museums,” wrote the Boston Globe. In 2013, as drivers pass by the glass pavilion on Mayflower
Architect Frederick Fisher addresses the crowd at the museum groundbreaking Oct. 21.
it reflects the Lunders’ desire that their collection be available to Maine people. Designed by Los Angeles-based Frederick Fisher and Partners, the $15-million structure will include a sculpture terrace and a classroom for museum education and outreach. Art Department studios will occupy the top floor of the addition, which is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver certification. The new space will open during Colby’s bicentennial year, and the opening exhibition in July 2013 will present works from the Lunder Collection. The main entrance to the museum will continue to be through the Schupf Courtyard, where Richard Serra’s sculpture 4-5-6 is on view. A secondary entrance will be available from Mayflower Hill Drive via a stairway to the sculpture terrace. On view beginning Nov. 8 and during construction will be an exhibition dedicated to the pavilion’s design, rotating highlights from the permanent collection, and works from the Alex Katz Collection. Starting Nov. 8 visitors will enter through a temporary entrance adjacent to the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz. —Ruth Jacobs
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Witness to History
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Despite curling up under her protective vest to survive a Taliban ambush in Marjah, Afghanistan, and spending six hours awaiting her own execution after being convicted of being an American spy in Najaf, Iraq, NPR Foreign Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson concluded, “It’s been worth it, both for myself and those informed by my work.” That’s what she told an attentive audience in Lorimer Chapel Oct. 16 when she gave the 2011 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation address. Honored as Colby’s 59th Lovejoy Award recipient for her courageous reporting, and After attending the Lovejoy Convocation, this year’s Lovejoy Award recipient, NPR Foreign Correspondent receiving an honorary doctor of laws de- Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, spent two additional days on campus visiting classes. gree, Nelson spoke of her reporting on the rociously” with male officials while trying to register to vote. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring uprisings, and subWhile the women were not successful, “Their courage took my sequent developments in the Middle East. breath away,” Nelson said. She described wearing a burka when necessary, both to defer Nelson told of accompanying Egyptian protesters to state seto local customs and for a measure of anonymity as she travcurity headquarters after the fall of President Mubarak: “In hindeled to report stories she couldn’t have gotten dressed as a Westsight, it was probably not the brightest move for me to be there,” she said. “I mean, how would the FBI react if an Egyptian reporter “I mean, how would the FBI react if an was discovered in the bowels of their headquarters in downtown D.C. and recording people who are breaking into top-secret files?” Egyptian reporter was discovered in the She recounted being disabled by tear gas and having to flee bowels of their headquarters in downtown protests in Egypt. She told of being on patrol with Marines last D.C. and recording people who are breaking year as “one of the Marines I’d gotten to know took a bullet to the head less than fifty feet from where I was curled up in the into top-secret files?” dirt. He was twenty-three and left behind a pregnant wife.” Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on accompanying Egyptian protesters ransacking state security headquarters All of which led her to address the questions, “Why in the world do we do this job? And is it worth it?” “I became a foreign correspondent because I wanted to conerner. “You can barely see a thing,” she said. “And forget about nect Americans to the rest of the world through compelling stoperipheral vision. I felt like a baby learning to walk when I wore rytelling,” she said. “And, yes, to me it’s worth it, even if it means that thing. Many of my Afghan staff would crack a smile whena few premature gray hairs for my husband.” ever they saw me struggling to put the garment on or wobbling Complete audio of the 2011 Lovejoy Convocation and a transcript around in it.” of Nelson’s speech are online at colby.edu/lovejoy. In Saudi Arabia she donned an abaya and a niqab, which left —Stephen B. Collins ’74 only her eyes showing, so she could record women arguing “fe-
Colby Renews “No-Loan” Commitment Against the backdrop of record levels of student loan debt—expected to exceed $1 trillion in the United States this year— the trustees of Colby College recently reaffirmed their commitment to replacing student loans with grants. The program makes it possible for students with financial need to graduate debt-free and directly addresses concern about the effect of student debt on the economy—concern
that in October led President Obama to announce executive actions to reduce student loan payments. In early 2008 Colby announced it would replace loans with grants in students’ financial aid packages. A number of colleges made similar pledges around the same time. The stock market plunge later that year caused many institutions to rethink, and in some cases quietly eliminate,
so-called “no-loan” policies. Colby’s commitment stands. “It’s principally about access and affordability,” Colby President William D. Adams said of the initiative. “As com prehensive fees rise, we need to do more to make sure that no qualified student is denied a Colby education because of concerns about paying off student loans.” —R.J.
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With a prize-winning idea and startup cash, Danny Garin ’13, Marcus Josefsson ’13, and Noah VanValkenburg ’13, the team behind My Fresh Maine, LCC, have shown that they can grow a thriving business. The trio started My Fresh Maine last year as an online business that links Maine farmers and artisans with consumers across New England and New York. By providing online marketing, their company handles small-business logistics so that the only responsibility for vendors is to package products and send them to the customer, they say. And so far, that model has worked. “It’s definitely picked up a lot [since we began],” said Josefsson, “especially since we’ve been able to prove that we can generate sales.” The company recently offered a successful Groupon in Portland, Maine, that sold more than 220 separate products, and it plans to offer more online deals to strengthen its customer base. “It’s pretty thrilling,” Josefsson said. “At this point we’re getting calls from people who are really interested in us—we’re actually taking in revenues.” The business started at the Colby Entrepreneurial Alliance’s first-ever business competition in April. Out of nine business pitches, My Fresh Maine won the top prize—$10,000. With more than a dozen vendors, Garin, Josefsson, and VanValkenburg have come a long way since last spring. MyFreshMaine.com now offers products from butternut squash and foccacia to handmade alpaca socks and healing hand cream. “They came in and gave us a model that works for our business,” said Karl Rau, owner of Good Bread in Newport, Maine. “I thought, yeah, I’ll give these guys a shot.” My Fresh Maine has allowed Rau’s small farm and bakeshop to share its artisanal breads with customers online, a venture he had hoped to undertake when he began baking bread. As it continues to attract more vendors and buyers, My Fresh Maine is working on a more advanced ordering system and hopes to become a long-term business. This semester Garin is studying in the United Kingdom and VanValkenburg is studying in Jordan, leaving Josefsson to manage the company’s operations from his dorm room in the fall. “This, right here, is the entire business: my cell phone and my laptop,” he said with a laugh. “It’s been a great learning experience, and, as cliché as it sounds, the most valuable thing is realizing that you can do it.” —Dash Wasserman ’12
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies Chandra D. Bhimull has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue her study of connections among airline travel, diaspora, and empire. Bhimull will be in residence at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., beginning second semester. She will continue work on her book manuscript, Empire in the Air: Speed, Perception, and the Geometry of Flight. The Air and Space Museum is an appropriate backdrop for Bhimull’s research, which focuses on Imperial Airways (predecessor of British Airways), the ways the airline was bolstered by British Caribbean colonies between the World Wars, and how the lives of Caribbean people were shaped by airline travel. Bhimull, whose parents moved to the United States from Trinidad and the British Virgin Islands, continued to visit family there, has researched the role of the West Indies in development of flight routes from Britain to the United States and how air travel affected the evolution of empire. She describes her book manuscript as “an historical ethnography of airspace in the Atlantic world.” And, just as air travel is in many ways boundless, Bhimull’s research and curiosity are the starting point for consideration of the myriad ramifications of “upward power and culture in the air.” Bhimull raises intriguing questions about what some might see as commonplace. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Airline travel is now ordinary, and African-American Studies she points out, but on closer Chandra D. Bhimull consideration, there’s nothing ordinary about, as Bhimull puts it, “dwelling in the sky.” “When people say, ‘How was your trip?’ you explain what you did before and what you did after, on the ground, but what about that whole multiple hours in the air? What did you do? And how did you experience that? What was it like to sit beside a complete stranger?” For Bhimull, cultural considerations don’t end when we leave the ground. For example, she has studied the first air travelers who, after flying over colonized people, felt that they “knew” the people and place, though they hadn’t visited. Her fascination with “vertical travel” extends to experiences travelers have today. “Think about culture, not necessarily grounded, per se, but think about culture in the air— how a community, albeit one that’s very transient, forms,” she said. “What kinds of rights do people think they’re entitled to on board? What does it mean if you’re on an extended flight and you need to pray? Where do you do that in the air? Is it your right to do that? Should the airline provide a space for you?” For Bhimull, the questions are as endless as the sky itself. —Gerry Boyle ’78 photo by jeff pouland
The Anthropology of Air Travel
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Oak Fellow Fights India’s Caste System occupied by the higher castes, so Dalits are always at the bottom,” said Burnad, herself a Dalit. The result: the Dalit people remain poor and largely landless— and afraid to challenge the status quo. “If a Dalit girl is raped, only the Dalit are raising their voice. ... Only the Dalit women—the Dalit men do not take it as a problem.” In 1979 Burnad founded the Society for Rural Education and Development, which seeks economic opportunity and political influence for the marginalized people of India, especially Dalit women. She is now recognized as a national leader in India’s social movements. Burnad was jailed for protesting land grabs by the government when it displaced Dalits to build a naval air station. “They were all the time talking about national security,” she said. “For us, people security is very important.” Soon after arriving at Colby she was using the Internet to mobilize allies to protest the planned execution of Sri Lankans implicated in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. She also looked ahead to her semester on campus. “I want to read and write and then, in seminars, to learn from the students what their reactions are to what I’m doing,” Burnad said. Her goal—to take her activism to a new level. “I want this college to help me to see a proper way of doing things.” —S.C. photo by chris bennett
At age 11 Fatima Burnad was already making trouble for civil authorities. In southern India, where Burnad grew up, one of her friends was burned and beaten by the family that employed her as a maid. When the girl complained to the police but was taken right back to work, Burnad was so outraged she wrote up a petition of protest, collected signatures around the neighborhood, and presented it to the police. So began a lifetime of activism that led to more than one incarceration—and to Burnad being named the 2011 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby. The fellowship offers a semester of respite for research, teaching, and writing and is Oak Fellow Fatima Burnad awarded to one front-line human rights activist each year. For 35 years Burnad, 59, has worked to end India’s caste system and discrimination against the Dalit (sometimes called “Untouchables”) and tribal people. Those groups, which make up 24 percent of India’s population, are routinely excluded and marginalized. Affirmative action has led to educational opportunities, said Burnad. But, despite degrees and credentials, Dalits and tribal people are denied interviews, not to mention actual employment in government and private sectors, because their names reveal their caste. “The Dalit will get the fourth-class job. First, second, third is
If the Ring Fits … It was Sept. 15. Officer Scott D. Uhlman of the Brockton (Mass.) Police Department was talking to an evidence officer at police headquarters. The officer’s desk drawer was open, and Uhlman spotted a college ring originally brought in with some stolen jewelry recovered in the 1980s. Uhlman saw that it was from Colby, Class of 1978. The initials were KAC with Greek letters etched in the stone. “I looked at it and I said, ‘Hey, can I see if I can return this to the guy?’” Uhlman said. Turns out this cop was a bit of a ringer. Uhlman’s hobby is metal detecting, sweeping beaches and parks for jewelry and coins. He even has a submersible metal detector he uses at the beach in Florida. “The ocean has a tendency to suck things off of people,” he said. He’s found four other school rings and returned three. “One of them was from a Catholic school from 1932 that’s since
closed and the building is demolished.” That ring he still has. So Uhlman went online. He found “the director of alumni data or whatever her title is. I said, ‘That’s the lady. She’ll know.’” The lady was Martha McCarthy, who once also had the informal title Finder of Lost Alumni. Uhlman gave McCarthy the class year and initials. She asked where he’d found it and he replied, “I could tell you but I’d have to kill you.” And laughed. McCarthy ran a database search and within five minutes was on the phone with Kurt Cerulli ’78, who runs a financial services company in Boston. “I said, ‘This might seem strange, but have you lost your Colby ring?’” Cerulli picks up the tale: “I said, ‘Well, it is possible, but it was stolen thirty-two years ago.’” He was a student at Boston University
law school. “I was at the bowling alley at BU. I took off my ring and my wallet and my college roommate’s Colby letter jacket. I put them on the back of my chair when I went up to bowl, and when I turned around they were gone.” The jacket and wallet never turned up. But the ring arrived in the mail Sept. 18. “I ordinarily wouldn’t think of wearing a college ring at this stage of my life, but I couldn’t resist putting it on,” Cerulli said. “And I’m still wearing it.” Cerulli wrote the Brockton police chief a note commending Uhlman, but Officer Uhlman shrugged off the praise. “Hey,” he said. “It’s not like a piece of costume jewelry where you can look at it and say, ‘Ah, that’s junk. Just throw it away.’ It’s important to somebody.” —G.B.
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A selection of tweets from @colbycollege. To see links, catch up on tweets, or sign up, click the Twitter icon on the Colby homepage. Cover story in new @TheAtlantic, “All the Single Ladies,” is by @katebolick, Colby ’95. “What, Me Marry?” Oct. 12 Crash Course: a fine little essay re: tricks Dash Wasserman ’12 learned on a Marketplace internship | insideColby Oct. 8 C-SPAN2 Book TV interviews Prof. Elizabeth Leonard (history) on her latest: Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally | 7-min. video Oct. 5 2010-11 was a big year for endowments at Maine’s private colleges. Colby’s grew by >$100M VP Doug Terp ’84 tells MPBN Oct. 5 David Amadu ’07, now in med school, worked in Nobel-winner Ralph Steinman’s lab and coauthored this paper with him Oct. 4
New Maisel Fund Opens Doors to the World established in honor of WilThe BAPS Shri Swamiliam R. Kenan Professor of narayan Mandir is a tourist Government Sandy Maisel. attraction that has become, The fund offers grants to as Sandhya Fuchs ’12 puts students for independent it, “like a symbol for multistudy that they would othcultural London.” erwise be unable to afford. The Neasden Temple, The fund was estab as it is known, includes a lished by five of Maisel’s traditional Hindu temple, former students, four of with gleaming domes, pilwhom were staf fers on lars, and pinnacles. Fuchs his unsuccessful run for noticed that the complex, Congress in 1978. The which also includes a topfour—Dan Hoefle ’78, Suranked independent school, Professor of Government Sandy Maisel san Kenyon ’78, Doug was often in media discusKaplan ’78, and Jeff Shribman ’78—and sions of Hinduism, and it had come to stand classmate and friend Alan Donnenfeld ’78, for the Hindu community in London or even approached Maisel’s wife, Grossman ProfesBritain. “What I decided ... is that [temple sor of Economics Patrice Franko, about doing officials] are very good at taking discourses something to honor the longtime friendship. and values that are very much accepted in The Maisel Fund was born, inspired by the the British context,” Fuchs said—monotheGoldfarb Challenge, established by William ism, charitable giving, even school spirit, for H. Goldfarb ’68, P’00. example—“and integrating them into the way “It was really humbling to be part of the they present their religion.” process and see these young kids coming The anthropology major from Germany up and doing wonderful things,” said Hoefle, did research at the Mandir last summer as a Portsmouth, N.H., attorney. “It just makes part of her honors thesis—and it was made us all feel very good about our experience possible by the Sandy Maisel Goldfarb Center at Colby and the impact Sandy had on our Student Research and Internship Fund. Fuchs lives.” —G.B. is one of 14 recipients of grants from the fund, photo by kyle wehner ’14
NPR’s Scott Simon taps Prof. Tony Corrado to explain why It’s A Slow Season For Campaign Fundraising. Weekend Edition Oct. 1
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Mark Serdjenian ’73, captain of the mule team in ’72, got his 250th win as men’s soccer coach Wednesday | Sentinel Sept. 29 Stage a complete musical after just a week of school? InsideColby’s Josephine Liang ’14 walks us through the madness Sept. 20 What do new students need to know? Video of what Bro Adams and Deans Kletzer and Terhune told them at First Steps Sept. 7
Goodbye, Oil (Almost) A biomass heating plant that will burn wood chips and forest waste to replace 90 percent of the 1.1 million gallons of heating oil Colby has used annually will be fully operational by the end of the calendar year. The plant is located on Campus Drive, between the Alfond Athletic Center and the Bill Alfond Field.
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From the President | William D. Adams
On the Liberal Arts and the Lesson of Steve Jobs If you really want to know how Colby is doing these days, spend time with young alumni. I’ve been doing that for some time now, beginning with my travels to thank Colby alumni and friends for their support of the Reaching the World campaign. It has become a welcome part of my routine, when I go to cities for College-related events, to include in my schedule a breakfast meeting with alumni who graduated one to 10 years ago. Because I have been Colby’s president for better than 11 years, I feel particularly connected to this group of alumni and especially interested in what they have to say about their time on Mayflower Hill and how they have fared since they left. It won’t surprise you to hear that the news is mostly good. Almost without exception these young alumni tell me that Colby prepared them well for the challenges they have encountered. What is even more exciting to me is the fact that almost to a person they agree that among their most important advantages are the basic intellectual capacities that we prize so highly at Colby—the capacity to communicate, to think, and to exercise creativity and imagination. Their most common source of sorrow about their time at Colby is that they wish they had taken even more advantage of the opportunities on offer here. All of which adds up—despite some very legitimate and deeply held views about the ways the College could improve—to a solid vote of confidence in the residential liberal arts experience, including the value of learning the intricate social and emotional calculus of living in a small, tight-knit community of very intelligent, and intellectually passionate, individuals. Listening to them, probing here and there to understand fully their sense of the gains they made as students, I become ever more deeply committed to this kind of education in this kind of setting. So why am I about to focus this essay on a college dropout? And why, furthermore, did I welcome the Class of 2015 and new transfer students to Colby this fall with a paean to the very same man? Well, because sometimes when the mold breaks you learn something. Or, to put it another way: think different. The night Steve Jobs died I read—on my iPad—John Markoff’s moving eulogy in the New York Times and wrote to a colleague: “In some way I cannot define, I am connected.” As we all saw in the days that followed, a great many people felt that way, for different reasons and with varying levels of unease about it. My connection to Jobs was both personal and professional. Not personal in the sense that I knew him; we never met. Personal in the sense that he influenced the way I live my life—hyper-connected, yes, with all the negatives that can entail, but also hyper-aware, hyper-empowered, and hyper-in-tune with the ways in which elegance can be brought to bear on technology’s form and function.
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Exploration—opening oneself up to brand-new things—is one of the key imperatives of the liberal arts education. And in a setting like Colby’s, exploration is a requirement. There’s a lot worth considering in that passage: first and foremost, the admonition that you never know what will be meaningful or useful. I think most of the young alums with whom I sit down to breakfast would agree with the spirit of Jobs’s reflection and with the corollary proposition that current students’ predictions about what they will be doing 10 years after graduation are wrong. Exploration—opening oneself up to brand-new things—is one of the key imperatives of the liberal arts education. And in a setting like Colby’s, exploration is a requirement.
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The professional connection is equally deep, and not simply because of the iPad that goes with me everywhere. Steve Jobs’s life and career have meant a great deal to me as I think about, and tell students about, the value of the liberal arts. Jobs enrolled at Reed College after high school and dropped out after one semester. He stayed in Portland for a year or so after that and audited a few courses, including an art history course about calligraphy. Here’s what he said about that experience in a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University: [The calligraphy] …was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. ... Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Jobs’s account of the revelatory effect of his encounter with calligraphy is important for another reason: the critical role that his aesthetic and creative powers played in his success as a leader and innovator. And that points, in turn, to another hugely important dimension of the liberal arts experience at Colby. One of our chief purposes is to help students cultivate their imaginative and creative powers. We do so in part by acquainting students with various expressions of human creativity across time and cultures. This happens most often and predictably in the arts and humanities, of course, which explains why we insist that students have a deep exposure to these forms of knowing and living while they are at Colby. Like Steve Jobs, we too, in a somewhat different sense, are in the business of beauty. I expect I will have to stop talking to students about Steve Jobs fairly soon. The world he helped create moves swiftly, and the students will have plenty of other fodder for reflection on where they have been, where they are, and where they will go. What I do know, and what the young alums I’ve met know too, is that the richness of this time here on Mayflower Hill doesn’t need Steve Jobs (or me, for that matter) to prove itself. It will become for today’s students, as it has for so many generations of students, the root and branch of their future lives.
The full 2010-11 Report of the President, with financial highlights and leadership lists, is online at www.colby.edu/president
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At 40, growing Environmental Studies Program equips students to tackle real-world problems Story Kirsten Weir Photography Bridget Besaw
he calm, shallow waters of Pattee Pond, in Winslow, are popular among waterfowl and human vacationers. But beneath the gently lapping waves, there are problems. In years past residents interested in improving the lake’s water quality had reached out for help from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). But without hard data, the request went nowhere—until 2008, when students from Colby’s Environmental Studies (ES) Program assessed the health of Pattee Pond in a course called Problems in Environmental Science. The students’ detailed findings helped the community earn a $110,000 federal grant to clean up the lake, said Russ Cole, Oak Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the ES Program. “Students are engaging with the community and helping to solve problems.” The success at Pattee Pond is remarkable precisely because it’s not unusual. ES students at Colby have been getting their hands wet in the nearby Belgrade Lakes region for some 25 years. The roots of environmental studies at Colby reach even deeper. This year the ES Program celebrates its 40th anniversary. Today it serves as a model for other colleges’ ES programs and is one of Colby’s most popular interdisciplinary majors. And ES students and grads are making a difference in lakes, forests, and coastlines in Maine—and all over the world.
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rom widely respected lakes research to training for a myriad of environmental scientists and policymakers to a new partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on the Maine coast—Colby’s work over the past 40 years in the area of the environment continues to gain prominence. “Colby College has led the way in considering environmental studies a key component of a modern bachelor’s degree,” said Graham Shimmield, executive director of Bigelow Laboratory. This year the College brought on three new ES professors, and the administration and board have been very supportive of the program, faculty members say. “I think it’s really come a long way, from a very small, interdisciplinary program to becoming an obvious strategic initiative,” said Catherine Bevier, an associate professor of biology who sits on the ES advisory committee. “I think that shows the commitment from the administration.” Colby President William D. Adams notes that the College has been growing the program incrementally over the last decade. The benefits of that investment, he says, are evident. “We have lots of different ways in which the curriculum has become extremely rich and broad,” Adams said. “As Colby evolves and develops over the next decade, environmental studies and sustainability will be principal components. ‘Peerless’ is a strong word, but we believe strategically that we can be close to peerless in the liberal arts world with respect to the ES Program.” For Robert E. Diamond ’73, chief executive of Barclays and chair of Colby’s Board of Trustees, investing in ES on campus makes good sense. “One of the things the Board of Trustees has focused on is, ‘Are there areas where Colby can be truly distinctive?’” Diamond said. “One of those areas, we believe, is environmental science.”
faculty members, says David Firmage, Clara C. Piper Professor of Environmental Studies, emeritus, who retired in 2010. From the beginning it was a truly interdisciplinary effort, drawing from biology, political science, economics, and other departments. While ES has earned its reputation, the program initially got off to a somewhat rocky start. “I think in general, interdisciplinary programs always have to go through a trial by fire. At the time, ES didn’t fit easily into the department structure that colleges had,” said Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, emeritus, who retired in 2008. Even most interdisciplinary programs stay within one or occasionally two broad areas of inquiry, he added. “ES is unique in that it crosses three divisions: science, social science, and humanities.” About five years after the program was founded, faculty mem-
bers expressed concern that the ES major wasn’t robust enough to stand on its own. They decided to replace the “The interns we’ve had have all been topmajor with ES concentrations in biology, geology, and notch. I think there’s pretty broad recognition chemistry, according to Firmage. The concentrations that Colby has one of the strongest quickly blossomed and turned out graduates who went environmental studies programs in its class on to make significant contributions in various environmental fields. of liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, and One such graduate is Ted Wolff ’86, who majored in maybe nationally.” biology with a concentration in ES. After graduation Pete Didisheim, senior director for advocacy for the Natural Resources Council of Maine he landed what he calls “a dream job” as a contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigating abandoned waste sites as part of the national Superfund He’s backed up that belief too. A generous gift in 2003 from program to clean up toxic dumps. After three years in the field, the Diamond Family Foundation supported construction of the he enrolled in law school with the encouragement of his former Diamond Building, which houses the ES Program; a second gift, professor Russ Cole. in 2008, supported interdisciplinary study of the environment, Twenty years later he’s a successful environmental attorney energy policy, climate change, and sustainability on campus. with the New York office of the national law firm Manatt, Phelps, Created in 1971, Colby’s ES Program is among the oldest in the & Phillips, LLP. And he still draws on lessons learned back at nation. The program was born of the efforts of a few passionate
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Colby, he said. Recently he’s been assisting a client in the remediation and transfer of the single largest undeveloped industrial tract of land in New York City. Overseeing the project requires more than just legal know-how, Wolff says. “Because of Colby, I have hands-on experience doing environmental studies from a science standpoint. I’ve not only been able to coordinate the legal issues involved, but also to assist in negotiating and explaining the ongoing remediation activities.” Wolff cites excellent faculty and great opportunities for practical experience as strengths of the Colby program. The ES concentrations in biology, geology, and chemistry evolved over the years, and eventually a stand-alone ES minor was created. “It was really the demand by incoming students that got the College’s attention,” Firmage said. Students continued to express interest in the field. In 1995 the
program began to offer an environmental policy major. Then in 2002 the College added an environmental science major. Today ES offers three majors: environmental policy, environmental science, and interdisciplinary computation. The ES Program may have evolved in fits and starts, but it gained respect early on. In 1984 Colby became a founding member of the Northeast Environmental Studies (NEES) group, an association of collegiate ES programs that meets annually to discuss issues related to environmental studies curriculua. Over the years the program received prestigious grants from external agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. And all along, ES faculty introduced a number of pioneering courses. First among them: an introductory course, Environment and Society, that’s taught jointly by faculty from social and natural
At left, Professor Russell Cole and Environmental Studies Teaching Assistant Abby Pearson, and student assistant Corey Reichler ’13, discuss vegetation patterns at the Colby-Marston Preserve with students in Introduction to Ecology. Below, Omari Matthew ’14 and Sarah Madronal ’14 collect aquatic insects.
“You’re constantly thinking about issues such as sociology, science, culture, and ethics. Your mind is always thinking about change.”
Lucy O’Keeffe ’14
“The reason I like it is that I like the patterns I see—the way things fit together in nature. I knew Colby had a great program. We’re in a great place for it.”
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with community partners,” he said. “Everyone can see themselves in a map.” The program also offers courses in global public health and in human health and the environment, and it has helped train student activists in both areas. Students in environmental health classes taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson helped get a BPA ban passed in Maine, outlawing use of the chemical in some plastic containers. Students also work with local communities and gain experience in advanced independent research in a final capstone course in ES. For students on the science track, that course is Problems in Environmental Science, which investigates a different lake each year. Students research and analyze the impacts of land use on the lake’s water quality. They also work “The partnership brings two institutions closely with citizens and local agencies like the Maine with highly respected individual reputations DEP and local lake associations to help recommend … together to create a unique experience for changes to improve the lakes under investigation. (See undergraduates.” sidebar, opposite page.) As in the case of Pattee Pond, those recommendaGraham Shimmield, executive director of Bigelow Laboratory tions frequently result in concrete action. “Our students really enjoy being able to do something to help rather than just questions, gathering data, and testing hypotheses. Then the team doing an academic exercise,” Cole said. members come together to integrate their case studies for a comStudents aren’t the only ones to benefit. Local communities parative look at the bigger picture. have been well-served by Colby students’ work, said Peter KalThe course’s research-based format has been so successful that lin, executive director of the Belgrade Regional Conservation it now serves as a model for other top colleges, Cole said. In recent Alliance, an organization that works to conserve and protect the years students have tackled issues ranging from why some cities Belgrade Lakes watershed. “Colby are more bike-friendly than others folks have used our lakes as a living to what factors influence how much lab for a long time. They do a great nuclear energy a nation uses. “It’s a job, and they build on previous tough assignment for first-year stuyears’ work,” he said. “I use the dents, because you don’t know what results of their studies to go to the the answer is. Probably nobody has DEP and apply for grants to fix the ever looked at [these issues] before,” problems they identify. That’s been Nyhus said. But finding those anvery successful.” swers, he adds, “is really fulfilling.” Charlie Baeder ’76, a memMany courses in the ES ber of the board of the Belgrade Program offer similar experiRegion Conservation Alliance, ence. Nyhus teaches a course in said assistance from Colby made geographic information system Peter Countway, senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory possible photo documentation (GIS), a computer system that can for Ocean Sciences, and Louisa Walker ’13 examine marine of the lakes’ shoreline, for use in capture, store, analyze, and display photoplankton cultures. enforcing land-use regulations and geographically referenced inforfor targeting areas of shoreline mation. “It’s a really valuable way for improvement. “It really hadn’t been done before in any real for students to gain technical expertise in software that has wide comprehensive way,” Baeder said. “Colby was very instrumental application,” Nyhus said. His students have used the software to in implementing that project.” chart Maine’s wilderness trails, model potential new bus routes, In a policy-oriented capstone course taught by Nyhus that foand help assess where in the state a future biomass energy facility cuses on the state of Maine’s environment, students research topics could be located. “It’s a great way to enable students to collaborate sciences and contains a research component. It’s relatively easy for ES students to rack up research experience in the sciences, said Tietenberg. But, while researching environmental programs at other colleges, he discovered that students were often short on policy-based research experience, even as upperclassmen. Tietenberg and his colleagues decided to address that need in developing Colby’s ES intro class. “We introduce students to policy-related research at the very first course,” he said. In the intro course students form small teams that each choose an environmental issue to investigate, said Philip Nyhus, associate professor of environmental studies. Each student independently researches two case studies within that topic, developing research
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Real Problems, Real Solutions
Research Assistant William Supple IV ’12 uses a glass-bottomed bucket to view the shallow-water substrate of Great Pond. Supple and five other students worked this summer with professors Russell Cole, Catherine Bevier, and Herbert Wilson to investigate the impacts of shoreland development on the lake’s shallow-water ecosystem.
Colby has focused its environmental resources on Maine’s Belgrade Lakes for decades. Now there’s an expanded and long-term study, and Colby’s environmental resources are more considerable than ever. A research project funded by the National Science Foundation brings together local and state conservation organizations—and an interdisciplinary group of Colby scholars, both faculty and students. The data they provide has helped the state better direct resources at lake quality problems in Maine. “I think their work is equal to or better than the work you’d get from a paid professional consultant,” said Roy Bouchard, head of the Maine DEP Lakes Assessment Program. “And I think it’s a real model for involvement between a college and its community.” The result of the NSF grant has been an intensive and broad study of the past, present, and future of a watershed that comprises seven major lakes that serve as fishery, water supply, recreation center, and economic engine in central Maine. The project, recently funded for a third year, has involved more than 50 students in hands-on research encompassing chemistry, biology, environmental studies, spatial analysis, geology, economics, and science and technology. “The fundamental science is cool,” said Whitney King, Miselis Professor of Chemistry, project leader for the second year of the study. “But it’s also the collaboration we’ve established between departments.” That collaboration has focused on the problem— the actual and potential effects of increased development on the watershed—from several different angles, from chemical changes in water quality to shoreline erosion to historical land use to biodiversity to socioeconomics. “The economic drivers that run that watershed are quite complex,” King said. The problem is complex, not only for the Belgrade Lakes watershed but for all Maine lakes, which are both crucial to the state and suffering the effects of development pressures. Last June, for the second year in a row, Colby hosted of the annual meeting of the Maine Lakes Conference, cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and the Maine Congress of Lake Associations. The day-long conference drew collaborators from local, county, and state organizations, and the Colby team of scientists. And, like the Belgrade study itself, the conference drew on Colby’s expertise in watershed research and civic engagement. Said King, “This is a win-win situation.”
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such as the role of Maine’s state parks system, the emergence of offshore wind energy, and coastal and marine management in Maine. This year a new addition to the department, Assistant Professor Travis Reynolds, has added an international dimension to the course. Focusing on Maine isn’t just convenient—it’s strategic. “Colby is in the ideal location for environmental studies and environmental science,” said Stephanie Schmidt, one of the new ES professors who started at Colby this year. In 2010 Colby formed an official partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, a nonprofit research institution in West Boothbay Harbor. The partnership will increase marine science courses at Colby, provide opportunities for faculty exchange, and allow students to immerse themselves in semester-long study at Bigelow. The alliance made perfect sense given Colby’s reputation— both as a top college and as a leader in environmental studies, said Shimmield, Bigelow’s executive director. “The partnership brings two institutions with highly respected individual reputations … together to create a unique experience for undergraduates.” All together, opportunities like those presented by the Bel-
grade Lakes and Bigelow Laboratory partnerships “provide great opportunities for students to really tackle environmental issues,” Schmidt said. They’re not just tackling those issues in class but in a variety of impressive internships. Last summer students worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, on Maine land trusts, and restoring habitat in Louisiana, among many other internship projects. Adrienne Bowles ’12 spent several weeks in Punta Gorda Town, Belize, working with the Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, a nongovernmental organization that supervises the Sarstoon-Temash National Park. The internship was invaluable in helping her see the intricacies of applying the principles she’d learned in class to a real-world situation. “The experience gave me an appreciation for the ways a nonprofit can really work with local indigenous people directly,” she said. Pete Didisheim, senior director for advocacy for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, has supervised a number of interns from Colby’s ES Program. “The interns we’ve had have all been topnotch,” he said. “I think there’s pretty broad recognition that Colby has one of the strongest environmental studies programs in its class
“It’s exciting to be a part of a growing department and to have the opportunity to play a part in that. I want to apply what I’ve learned—both research and class work—to the working world.”
Dan Homeier ’12
“I like being an ES major because I like to put things together, and it allows me to go into the humanitarian side of science. … It gives me a broad horizon to see things differently.”
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gas emissions 41 percent of liberal arts colleges in from 1990 levels by the the Northeast, and maybe same year. To help meet nationally.” those goals, the College is Students never know building a biomass boiler quite where an internplant on campus that will ship might take them. go on line this year. “It’s Stephen Erario ’10, a not enough to preach Udall Scholar, took on an sustainability in the internship with the city classroom,” said Adams. of Waterville during his “You have to be walking freshman year. He helped the talk.” put together a greenhouse Many ES students gas inventory and climate have gotten involved in action plan for the city, environmental initiatives and he started a commiton campus: conducting tee to follow up on his the first audits of Colby’s recommendations. With Louisa Walker ’13 loads DNA onto an electrophoresis gel for genetic analysis. carbon footprint, plantErario’s help, the towns ing an organic garden, planning a “green graduation,” and doing of Waterville and Winslow received a $170,000 Energy Efficiency away with disposable water bottles at campus events. A number and Conservation Block Grant from the state to fund community of ES students have testified before the state legislature. “Our energy conservation and study alternative energy sources. students have become more active,” Cole said. And that makes While he was still a student, Erario’s work resulted in the him proud. “That’s what we strive to do—to train future leaders creation of a nonprofit organization, Sustain Mid-Maine, that in policy and in science.” works on local issues of energy, transportation, reuse and recycling, environmental education, and local food. The organization has been great for the state, Erario says. “There’s a lot of cutting-edge things happening The experience also launched his career. He’s currently working with the Maine State Housing Authority to sell in Maine—wind power, carbon offsets, carbon offsets from energy-efficiency upgrades. “Maine and energy efficiency.” Thanks to Colby’s Housing helps weatherize a few thousand homes a year. reputation, “there’s often a good chance for We track that energy savings, calculate the carbon savColby grads to find jobs in Maine.” ings, and sell it on the private market,” he explained. Stephen Erario ’10, an ES major who now works The program is the first of its kind in the world, for the state of Maine selling carbon offsets Erario says. But he wasn’t surprised to find an amazing job right in his own backyard. “There’s a lot of cuttingWith issues like climate change, overfishing, water shortedge things happening in Maine, like wind power, carbon offsets, ages, and sustainable agriculture, many would argue that enviand energy efficiency.” Thanks to Colby’s reputation, he added, ronmental education is more important today than it ever has “there’s often a good chance for Colby grads to find jobs in Maine.” been. “We’ve ignored a number of problems—global warming in Certainly the growth of the ES Program has been paralleled particular—for a long time. I think we have to step up and address by increased environmental awareness and interest. As the media these issues,” Cole said. and the public tune in to issues like global warming and water Luckily for the planet, the field of environmental studies and shortages, students, parents, faculty, and the administration are Colby’s ES Program have only gotten more sophisticated. Tobecoming more keenly aware of the importance of environmenday’s graduates are well positioned to make a difference. “We’re tal education. moving beyond introducing problems. We’re working now on As the ES Program has blossomed, so too has interest in makunderstanding complexities and subtleties and solutions,” Nyhus ing the campus environmentally sustainable. Colby purchases all said, “and giving students the skills that can help them solve of its electricity from renewable sources and has committed to these problems.” becoming carbon-neutral by 2015 and to reducing greenhouse
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language. When Convey arrived in the newsroom the night of May 1 to trumpet the killing of Osama bin Laden, his team began brainstorming. Convey’s first suggestion—the single word, “Dead”—alluded to the headline accompanying the iconic 1928 Daily News photograph of a murderess being electrocuted at Sing Sing, but most people wouldn’t have understood the reference. Another Convey suggestion, “We Got Him,” lacked the wallop he wanted. A copyeditor then proposed a provocative headline that Convey predicted would resonate with his core readership: “Rot in Hell!” “It was perfect,” said Convey, noting that copies of that cover now sell for $23.99 on eBay. “This guy was the biggest villain in modern times. The headline embodied the principle that headlines ought to wear their hearts on their sleeve.” Colby / FALL 2011 23
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KEVIN CONVEY ’77: INK IN HIS VEINS nd that’s precisely where Convey wears his love of the newspaper business, an industry that has kept him on the forefront of breaking news and popular music since he graduated from Colby 34 years ago. He now oversees a $40-million news operation—both online and in print—that appeals to New York’s working and middle classes. Convey, a trim 56-year-old with a full head of hair and a gray, stubbled Vandyke beard, came to work one recent afternoon in a green glen plaid suit, Brooks Brothers shirt, and a black silk Armani tie with matching breast-pocket handkerchief. He wore no socks with his black tasseled loafers. Convey walks to work at the paper’s downtown waterfront offices from his Tribeca loft several blocks away, where he lives with his wife, Kathy, a kindergarten teacher. “I haven’t worn socks in the summer for years,” said Convey, whose son, Eamon, is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, and daughter, Mairead, matriculated this fall at Fordham. “I like cool beachy feet.” In his office, reminders of his Brockton, Mass., heritage are mixed with mementos of his life in journalism and his love for the sport of boxing. On one shelf there’s a signed portrait of middleweight legend Marvin Hagler, the Brockton resident who worked building the patio of Convey’s parents’ home, just below a pair of boxing gloves signed by Ukranian heavyweights Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. On one wall hangs a cartoon lampoon of his days at the Boston Herald, with Convey bidding farewell to his fellow editors. Convey’s ascension to one of daily journalism’s top jobs caps a career that began at the Times-Record in Brunswick, Maine, after his graduation from Colby in 1977. By 1979 he’d moved to the Standard Times in New Bedford, Mass., before arriving at the Boston Herald as a business reporter in 1981. He rose through the ranks, becoming city 24 Colby / FALL 2011
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“[Kevin] had a knack for figuring out where to drive the coverage and where to set the edge. He could see where the story would be in the morning, not where it was today.” — Andrew Gully, formerly at the Boston Herald
Brockton boy with journo instincts
At left, New York Daily News Editor in Chief Kevin Convey ’77 in the newspaper’s newsroom. Top, Convey confers with editors in the afternoon news meeting, with photo spreads from the next day’s newspaper displayed for discussion. Above, Convey considers options for the next day’s “cover” with a graphic designer. editor in 1983. He was editor in chief there from 2007 to 2010. Andrew Gully, who worked at the Herald for more than 20 years, says Convey had an uncanny ability to come up with the next day’s “wood,” the name for the tabloid’s cover page, derived from the fact that, in the days of lead type, the type for frontpage headlines was so large that the letters
were carved from blocks of wood. “Kevin was always looking for tomorrow’s wood,” recalled Gully, senior vice president for communications and external affairs at Brandeis University. “He had a knack for figuring out where to drive the coverage and where to set the edge. He could see where the story would be in the morning, not where it was today.”
onvey says he’s had “ink in his blood” since growing up in the working-class city of Brockton, 25 miles south of Boston. At age 8 he published one-page missives on a child’s printing press to distribute to his neighbors. By his early teens he had a thriving paper route, delivering morning papers by a bike equipped with double rear baskets and a transistor radio in the handlebars. He wrote for his high school paper and learned the power of the daily newspaper when stories in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald staved off an attempt by the high school administration to stop publication of an especially racy issue on sex and drugs. During two Jan Plans at Colby, Convey wrote for Maine Times and the Bangor Daily News. He reported for the Colby Echo as well, banging out a biting review of a student production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Waterville Opera House. Convey spent his junior year abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, where he deepened his study of Joyce and Yeats in their homeland. It was in Dublin, Convey says, that he became an adult—having to find an apartment and making do in a flat shared with Jeff Sherwood ’75, which was heated by peat and had a drafty bathroom with a broken window. “We would sit around, wrapped in blankets,” recalled Sherwood. “It was too much trouble to haul the fuel up to the flat. It was damp and cold.” Sherwood was among Convey’s circle of friends on third-floor Dana Hall, a group that also included Alan Taylor ’77, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at the Colby / FALL 2011 25
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NOT DEAD YET NY Daily News editor Convey points to online growth, increased revenues as positives in tabloid’s future he “Rot in Hell” edition of the Daily News was the biggest daily seller of Kevin Convey’s first 12 months heading up the nation’s seventh-largest daily. It’s one of two big-city tabloid newspapers still operating in New York City’s ultra-competitive daily newspaper market that includes Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid, the New York Post, as well as the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, which now reports on metropolitan news. The telephone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s British tabloids this summer was front-page news around the world, and the Daily News did its part to keep the story alive. In July a Daily News cover featured an unflattering close-up of Murdoch. It carried the headline “Humble Pie,” which played off Murdoch’s apologetic appearance before Parliament that concluded when a prankster tried to cram a cream-pie in the News of the World owner’s face. Convey’s predecessor encouraged the competition between the Daily News and the Post to spill over into its news columns. But while Convey’s paper did cover Murdoch getting pied in Parliament, Convey doesn’t think readers care much about squabbles within the newspaper industry. “I feel it’s a distraction,” said Convey, who worked for Murdoch from 1982 to 1987 when the global media baron owned the Boston Herald. “I think journalists are more interested than people are. Our sales the day we put Murdoch on the front weren’t particularly great.” The competition, though, is real, as the News and Post duke it out each morning, with the city’s fickle readers often making their morning newsstand-buy depending on what mix of crime, celebrity, sports, and breaking news is splashed across the covers. In the most recent audited circulation report, the Daily News narrowly led, with an average of 531,000 News copies sold each weekday, compared to 523,000 Posts. Convey arrived in New York as the industry continued to struggle through its wrenching transformation from newsprint to an uncertain digital fu-
Kevin Convey ’77 with a souvenir cover of the brash tabloid he manages.
“So we’re trying to figure out how to negotiate the transition to being digital first, in a business sense, while still preserving the franchise. It’s like trying to change the wheels on an Indy 500 car while the race is underway and without making a pit stop.” —Kevin Convey ’77
ture. The Daily News print edition still sells more than 500,000 copies a day, providing up to 90 percent of the company’s income. But circulation continues to drop—down 24 percent from 708,000 each weekday in 2005. And though revenue continues to rise at www.nydailynews.com, which draws 20 million-plus unique visitors a month, Convey says he has to appeal to both audiences to keep his publications on the cutting edge of today’s journalism. “The great bargain has been that ad-
vertisers were willing to pay enormous amounts to have access to the audience that newspapers were able to aggregate,” said Convey. “The air fell out of that paradigm as circulation has dropped and advertisers discovered other ways to reach those audiences. Those ways may not be as convenient, but they are far less expensive.” He sees the print newspaper of the future as a niche product, with readers paying substantially more for the daily edition. “The mass medium will be on the Web and available through a host of personal electronic devices, some of which have yet to be invented,” he said. “So we’re trying to figure out how to negotiate the transition to being digital first, in a business sense, while still preserving the franchise. It’s like trying to change the wheels on an Indy 500 car while the race is underway and without making a pit stop.” Convey has embraced the digital world. A survey of top newspaper editors by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies found that Convey was the only one to regularly use the social media site Twitter to keep in touch with readers. Convey— @NYDNKevinConvey—tweets to alert his followers of the best his paper offers that day. He also follows top commentators in the field of social media and digital news. “I’m surprised more editors aren’t doing it,” said Convey, a gourmet cook and music aficionado. “That’s testament to how many
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hard-core, ink-stained wretches at the top in the newspaper industry still aren’t plugged into what’s happening underneath them in this amazing, and somewhat terrifying, digital revolution.” Twitter is not the only way Convey keeps in touch with the paying customers. He periodically interacts with readers at breakfast meetings in New York’s outer boroughs. He also convenes online chats with readers for discussions on such topics as the Daily News’s coverage of celebrities, his march down Fifth Avenue in the Puerto Rican Day parade, and the newspaper’s fascination with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “Sarah Palin is a hit machine for us and our website,” Convey said. “I don’t know why she fascinates people so, but the fact that she does is incontrovertible.” Driving Web traffic, however, comes at a cost. The Daily News, like many newspaper websites, allows anonymous comments at the bottom of stories, attracting the kind of vitriol and name-calling that’s disallowed in the news columns or in a traditional letter to the editor. But there’s an audience for such exchanges, and a story’s comments section can attract a bigger audience than the story itself. “I’m really, really torn on this,” Convey said. “The newspaper is about free speech, and that also involves readers having the right to talk back to the newspaper. But allowing anonymous comments drives the civility of the comments into the ground. It’s a real problem. I’m struck by the racism, sexism, and the coarseness of it all.” In August, as Convey prepared for the afternoon news meeting with his top editors, he lamented the doldrums of late summer. The biggest news that day focused on Washington, D.C., where legislators wrangled over the federal debt ceiling. Other stories up for page one concerned an elderly schoolteacher who was dismissed because she took too long taking her students to the bathroom, a Britney Spears concert, and a school principal’s firing over his anti-Semitic rantings, which had been uncovered by a diligent Daily News reporter. There was also that night’s New York Yankees game, which could make the cover if the Bronx Bombers were victorious. Convey, a lifelong Red Sox fan, says he puts aside his fondness for the BoSox when it comes to the next day’s news. “When I’m wearing the Daily News eyeshade, I’m also wearing pin-striped underwear,” said Convey, referring to the Yankees’ classic pin-striped uniforms. “If the Yanks lose, newsstand sales are down. But a dramatic Yankees win can boost sales. There’s no one thing more important to the Daily News than the New York Yankees.” The Yanks triumphed that night, and slugger Mark Teixeira shared the cover the next day with news of the debt deal. The stock market may have plunged, but for the Daily News, newsstand sales were up.
KEVIN CONVEY ’77: INK IN HIS VEINS
“I learned how to learn, and then teach it. Assimilating knowledge and reassembling it in an intelligible way for readers is at the crux of what we do.”
Kevin Convey ’77 in his office at the New York Daily News. Convey sees online traffic for the newspaper’s website growing while declining print circulation presents difficult challenges.
University of California, Davis. Convey majored in classics and English while sampling a broad range of courses, including one in jazz taught by the Arnold Bernhard Professor of Arts and Humanities Paul Machlin. Convey credits that class with laying the foundation for his career in music criticism, which has featured thousands of album reviews and hundreds of features about music. “Without that course, I might have been an enthusiast, but I wouldn’t have become an authority,” he said. In one of his online chats, he called himself “a proud liberal arts grad.” And he says a liberal arts education fits the needs of any aspiring journalist. “The process of being a journalist is the process of educating yourself in something new, all the time,” he said. “It’s all
about learning and teaching yourself, and that’s what a liberal arts education did for me. I learned how to learn, and then teach it. Assimilating knowledge and reassembling it in an intelligible way for readers is at the crux of what we do.” Convey says that process serves him well when he’s hunkered down in the daily news meeting, working with his editorial staff, conjuring up the perfect headline to grab the attention of his loyal New York audience—either by their throats or by their hearts. “It’s quite rewarding,” said Convey. “Tabloid headlines are a very demanding form. You are putting big words on a page that five hundred and thirty thousand people will buy and two million will read. It’s like journalistic haiku.” Colby / FALL 2011 27
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Q&A LINCOLN PEIRCE ’85 ON HIS COMIC-STRIP HERO, BIG NATE, LIFE AS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST, HIS NEW BOOK SERIES, AND INSPIRATION FROM THE COLBY ART DEPARTMENT DIANA McQUEEN INTERVIEW
What moments or people really defined your Colby experience? I saw the lives that my art teachers were leading—Abbott and Harriett were both on campus a couple days a week, and they had beautiful studios out in the country where they were creating their own work—and it really inspired me. I was never a great artist by any means, but with their help I began to think of myself as an artist with something to contribute, whether it was through drawing or painting or comics. And so I created a workspace for myself. There was an old printing room on the top floor of Bixler that wasn’t being used, and I asked David Simon if I could clean it up and use it as a studio … and he said yes, so that’s just what I did. I was given a key so that I had twenty-four-hour access, and Abbott and Harriett would come visit me there and critique my work. … It really fueled my aspiration to make a life in art for myself, somehow.
Lincoln Peirce ’85, of Portland, Maine, is the creator of Big Nate, a comic strip published in daily and Sunday newspapers nationwide since 1991. Peirce also is the author of a series of graphic novels for young adults starring an 11-year-old sixth grader with a good heart—and the record for school detentions. How did Nate first reveal himself to you? I’d started trying to get a comic strip syndicated during my freshman year at Colby, and from that point on I submitted strip ideas to syndicates on a fairly regular basis. Most of those early efforts were pretty bad, honestly. But my work slowly improved, and the rejection letters grew more encouraging. Eventually an editor told me to write about what I knew best, and so I came up with a strip called Neighborhood Comix. It was loosely based on the neighborhood in New Hampshire where I grew up, and it featured a pretty unwieldy cast of characters. I got a letter back from the woman at United Media who eventually became my first editor, who liked the strip but thought there were too many characters. She suggested I pick one character to build the strip around. So I chose Nate. What is your day-to-day life like as a professional artist? It’s solitary, because I work alone at home. I have an office next to our dining room, and that’s where I spend nearly all my working time. The radio keeps me company. It’s a fairly uncomplicated profession. I’m either trying to think up ideas or I’m drawing. But it’s become a little more hectic over the last couple years, because now, in addition to the comic strip, I’m writing Big Nate chapter books for young readers. There’s more to accomplish each day.
Did Colby help you as an artist? On my second day on campus, I found the Echo office and asked if I could do a comic strip for the paper. I’d read that Garry Trudeau, of Doonesbury fame, had done a strip called Bull Tales while an undergraduate at Yale, and so I thought maybe I could follow a similar path. I did a strip called Third Floor, and it was really the first time I’d ever seen my stuff in print. And having a deadline, even a relatively flexible weekly one, was good practice. But even more important to me was the Art Department at Colby. I was an art major, and I loved my teachers. They were very supportive. Harriett Matthews was my advisor for a Jan Plan independent study I did about comics. David Simon, Hugh Gourley, and Michael Marlais always went out of their way to say a kind word about my strip in the Echo. And Abbott Meader was my mentor, someone I deeply admired.
How long were you writing Nate before you made it to the papers? I first drew Nate in 1988, and the comic strip debuted in newspapers in January of 1991. What followed was seventeen or eighteen years of very modest success. The strip had a loyal but relatively small readership, and it wasn’t all that widely known, because it wasn’t in very many major-market newspapers. But I always felt fortunate to be syndicated and to be making a living as a cartoonist, because it’s a small fraternity.
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How has Nate grown as a character since you created him? Nate hasn’t aged at all. In twenty-plus years, he hasn’t progressed beyond sixth grade. And his personality—that of a wisecracking, troublemaking, but ultimately lovable eleven-year-old boy—has remained largely intact. But the strip itself has changed quite a bit. When it started, I imagined it as sort of a “domestic humor” strip, with the lion’s share of the attention focusing on Nate, his single dad, and his older sister Ellen. But, maybe because I was working as a high school art teacher when I started developing the strip, I quickly realized that what I enjoyed most was writing jokes about school—Nate’s classmates, his teachers, and so on. It wasn’t long before the strip was almost entirely comprised of school jokes and themes. Do you draw from your own experience as a child? My short-term memory is terrible, but I’ve always had almost photographic recall of my own childhood, particularly middle school. Sixth grade seemed like the most eventful year imaginable. That’s when you transition out of elementary school and everything changes. For the first time, you’ve got a different teacher for each subject. You’ve got a locker. You’ve got intramural sports. You go to dances. You experience soaring triumphs or crushing humiliations on an almost daily basis. When I created Nate, I made him a sixth grader largely because I thought, with a kid that age, I’d never run out of material. And, so far, I haven’t.
Your graphic novels are in a perfect format for comic lovers. We’re living in the golden age of graphic novels. Fifteen or even ten years ago, it was difficult to convince schools and libraries to buy children’s books that included comics, because comics weren’t considered real reading. But that’s changed, thankfully. The Captain Underpants books and the Wimpy Kid series were real eyeopeners for publishers; suddenly they saw that hybrid books of this type were popular not only among kids who love to read but among the so-called reluctant readers. Comics are a great pathway to other kinds of books, and they’re a fantastic teaching tool when you’re trying to introduce young kids to the concept of storytelling. So publishers are very open to formats like this now. It wouldn’t have occurred to me ten years ago to write a Big Nate chapter book; back then the goal for comic strip creators was to get a book deal for a compilation or a treasury of previously published strips. I’m happy that’s changed. What are your hopes for the series and future plans for Nate? Well, I’ve signed on to do eight books. The third one went on sale in August, so that leaves me five more to write. That takes care of my future plans for the next three years or so. My most fervent hope is that I can keep coming up with ideas. I think the fear for any storyteller is that he wakes up one day and can’t think of any more good stories to tell. But, so far, so good.
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The Alchemist Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak turns wood into captured moments of expression Pat Sims STORY
For Stefanie Rocknak ’88, life combines the best parts of the cerebral and the expressive. Her day job is teaching philosophy at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. In her off hours she makes sculpture that burns with passion. “Initially I kept them totally separate,” she said, “but making representational art is a manifestation of my philosophical belief that all art doesn’t have to be conceptual.” If she’s not focusing on Hume’s epistemology, Rocknak is probably performing her alchemy on wood. “It’s something I have to do and love to do,” she said. “Sometimes there are moments when it’s driving me crazy, and that’s incredibly frustrating, but I get a certain satisfaction about being able to capture expressions in three dimensions.” At Colby Rocknak concentrated on painting, art history, and American studies, and, though she studied sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design Summer School and Tyler School of Art in Rome, she describes herself as self-taught. Apparently there was something about working with wood that had been percolating inside her all along. Her father, William Rocknak ’58, was an artist and cabinetmaker, and her mother, Lucinda Allerton Rocknak ’58, was an avid refinisher. (They now own and operate a boatyard in Rockport, Maine.) Rocknak was just a girl when she started trying her hand at carving. After she earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, a philosophy fellowship allowed her to observe a wealth of medieval wood carvings in Vienna and Germany, which left an indelible impression. Now, despite her admiration for such icons as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Donatello, Rocknak is most moved by “the nameless artists who created wooden pieces in cathedrals in Germany.” By 1999 she began publicly displaying her work. Many of her life-size busts are characterized by an intense, haunted look, made more dramatic by the wood’s swirling grain. Her
“Sometimes I see someone with an expression that motivates a piece of work, certain microexpressions we might be uncomfortable with. You can freeze-frame those with a sculpture.” —— Stefanie Rocknak ’88
Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak ’88 in her studio. A philosophy professor, Rocknak also is a serious artist, inspired by medieval wood carvings. pieces are “cathartic, ways of externalizing emotions I have,” she said. “Sometimes I see someone with an expression that motivates a piece of work, certain microexpressions we might be uncomfortable with. You can freezeframe those with a sculpture.” Besides being included in more than 40 shows (one of which, “Captive Passage,” was presented at the Smithsonian and New York’s South Street Seaport Museum), Rocknak’s work has appeared in numerous publications. She is a member of the Sculptors Guild, and, in March, she received the $10,000 Margo Harris Ham-
merschlag Biennial Direct Carving Award, given by the National Association of Women Artists. Along with teaching, Rocknak manages to devote a couple of hours a day to art, working in her heated garage, where she chips away at materials such as maple and basswood. Not only is the dense-fibered basswood good for carving, but Rocknak describes it as “the American cousin of the European lindenbaum,” a favorite of medieval sculptors. “It’s kind of nice to continue a tradition.” She also constructed a model for minimalist sculptor Robert Morris, had work appear in a show at Saks Fifth Avenue in June, and recently learned she is a finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe Project in Boston. Also in the works is a “princess project,” she said, then hastened to clarify: “Not a traditional pink princess, but a feminist or maybe a falconer.” Whatever she’s working on, her chosen materials keep her challenged. “The wood was alive, it has a certain warmth, and when you polish the grain it starts to speak to you in ways you hadn’t expected,” she said. “It’s not a rational argument; it’s a manifestation of a theory.” Stefanie Rocknak’s work can be viewed at: www.sculptorsguild.org/rocknak.html
At left, three of Rocknak’s works, sculpted from basswood. Rocknak is most inspired by medieval wood carvings in Germany.
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Trading Campfires for Barbecues There’s more to “cooking COOT” than mixing and masticating Ruth Jacobs STORY
JEFF POULAND PHOTOS
Spiders in the tent. Three days without a shower. Mac ’n’ cheese on a camp stove. These are the things that make COOT COOT. Right? Not necessarily. This year 12 first-year students feasted on homemade bowtie pasta and meatballs served with grilled vegetable and goat cheese galette. They stayed in a cabin, drank milkshakes for breakfast, and, yes, they bonded. “I don’t think I could’ve bonded if I was in, like, a hurricane sitting around a campfire. I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone, I’d just be sitting there mad,” said Chykee-Jahbre Ward ’15 of Bronx, New York. “But I mean, it was sunny outside, we had man time—it was just the guys and a couple of girls sitting around the grill, grilling bacon.” In year two of Cooking with Local, Sustainable Foods, COOTers from as close as York, Maine, and as far as Beijing, China, picked vegetables from Colby’s organic garden, played with baby goats at a local cheesery, and got their hands dirty—with garlic and flour. Cooking COOT is among a handful of new trips added last year to address the changing population at Colby. “I think there was a time in Colby’s history when the great majority of incoming students … had an interest in a traditional [wilderness] COOT experience,” said Director of Campus Life Jed Wartman. “And as our student-body composition has changed, we’ve seen different interests, comfort levels, desires around the COOT experience.” New COOT options, which all have an outdoor component, include yoga, painting, photography, and meditation. But cooking COOT fills up quickly, according to Associate Director of Dining Services Joe Klaus, who leads a hands-on cooking class the first night. Its popularity doesn’t surprise Klaus. “Cooking as a whole is gaining in popularity.” One reason, he says, is food television. If COOTer Ward is any indication, Klaus is right. “Pretty much all my cooking know-how and experience comes from watching cooking shows—a lot of Jacques Pépin, Alton Brown,” Ward said. He rattles off the names of nearly a dozen shows, from Good Eats to Simply Ming. “Is that too much?” Other students report watching Top Chef (“I’ve watched this so many times on Top Chef, I feel like I know how to do it,” said Eric Collimore ’15 as he embarked on rolling pasta) and Iron Chef, which inspired a competition on this trip with a very COOT secret ingredient: s’mores. The winning team swayed the judges, Klaus and the two COOT leaders, with a marshmallow milkshake garnished with chocolate ribbons and toasted marshmallow for dessert following baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows served on graham cracker “plates.” Reported Catherine Sharp ’15: “It was just so much fun—not only making it, but making it look really pretty and Iron Chef style.” For Sharp, cooking is more than fun. “It’s just so fulfilling to … put so
“Actually being able to see where something like the goat cheese came from—— like there’s the goats right there—— you have this connection that makes what you’re eating so much more meaningful.” —— Catherine Sharp ‘15 much effort into something and have it come out beautifully—and not only be beautiful but be something that really really tastes good,” she said. The Bar Harbor native, who asked for and received a CSA (community supported agriculture) share as her high-school graduation present, also felt passionate about the local and sustainable element of the COOT. “I really think there’s a difference between eating locally, which was what this COOT was about, and buying things from the supermarket, because at the supermarket everything’s so detached from where it came from,” she said. “Actually being able to see where something like the goat cheese came from—like there’s the goats right there—you have this connection that makes what you’re eating so much more meaningful.” This understanding is part of what Klaus, a certified master gardener and the driving force behind Colby’s garden, aims to instill in students. They know a lot about food, he said, but little about how it gets to them. “What they don’t know is that carrots come from the ground, they don’t know how potatoes grow. … To them, their food comes from the grocery store.” After tasting asparagus from the ground and grape tomatoes from the vine (“I normally hate tomatoes but these are really good,” said Collimore) students broke into groups to cut lettuce, eggplant, squash—and dig potatoes. Enthusiasm was abundant: “Wow!” “Gorgeous!” “That’s so cool, so weird!” “It’s like a scavenger hunt,” said Ben Howard ’15 of Wellesley, Mass., as he and Collimore pushed the potato digger into the ground. Later Collimore, of Fairfield, Conn., reflected. “Those potatoes—they were like finding nuggets of gold in the ground.” He may never see French fries in the same way.
Top: Eric Collimore ’15 and Maria Madison ’15 cut and pinch dough to make bowtie pasta; Bottom left: Jiayi Zhang ’15 and Matthew D’Orazio ’15 grill vegetables for the goat cheese galette. Bottom right: Making fresh pasta begins with creating a flour “volcano,” students learned.
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Empowered in Kabul Sulaiman Nasseri helps Afghan women gain independence through embroidery HEATHER PERRY ’93 PORTRAIT
Seema and her husband, Abdul Karim, moved to Kabul from a rural, northern province of Afghanistan, taking their daughters to the city seeking a better life. Despite moving into a quasi slum called Charqala, with no water, electricity, or sewage disposal, their prospects improved when Karim got a job loading freight containers. But for Seema and her three girls the dream turned nightmare when he was killed after a cable snapped. An illiterate peasant housewife single-parenting three children in the mean streets of a war-torn patriarchal society became Seema’s bleak predicament. Sulaiman Nasseri ’12 didn’t have those details in mind last year when he applied for a Projects for Peace grant from the Davis Foundation, but the Afghan native knew the general scenario. “Empowering Afghan Women Through Embroidery,” as his project is titled, was pitched as a way to make Afghan women less dependent on men and to provide them with a modest income to get their children off the streets and into schools, keeping them out of the child labor pool and making them less likely recruits for terrorist groups. Nasseri, a Davis United World College scholar from Kabul, won one of the $10,000 Projects for Peace grants funded by Kathryn Wasserman Davis last spring. She has awarded 100 grants in each of the last five years. So Nasseri completed his junior year and was in Kabul June 1 recruiting trainees for his project. His plan: to provide women with the training, equipment, and materials necessary to begin home-based embroidery microbusinesses with the goal of improving their status and increasing the literacy and educational attainment of their children. “I strongly believe that this project has the power to rehabilitate and empower families and communities, promoting peace throughout Afghanistan in the long run,” his grant proposal stated. He proposed three phases and executed all three this summer: market research to see what would sell and where to get materials; two weeks of practical training, using three local women to train six others each in the craft; then production, with each woman working in her own time and space to produce marketable garments. He worked with a local nongovernmental employment agency and tried to select the most eager, most promising, and neediest applicants. His NGO contact advocated for Seema to be one of the trainees. Almost all of the women recruited outperformed Nasseri’s expectations, he said. The precision of the minutely detailed hand stitching is impressive, and the
Stephen Collins ’74 STORY
Sulaiman Nasseri ’12 works with Afghan women in Kabul who are part of his Projects for Peace initiative. The pirihan shirt he wears (opposite) was embroidered by women in the program. demand for the embroidered traditional Afghan pirahan shirts is particularly high in Kabul, Nasseri reports. Thanks to the special skills of one trainer, some women also learned the more colorful, ancient Chinese chinaidosi stitching, in high demand on women’s clothes and home furnishings often included in dowries, he said. Seema was one of the success stories, but Nasseri said he didn’t fully appreciate the impact of his project until the first payday. When he handed Seema the money she had earned, she broke down and wept. “I was scared at the beginning,” Nasseri said, having feared the woman felt shortchanged or disappointed. But he misinterpreted the tears. Seema told him: “Now I feel like any other human being. Now, for the first time, I feel I’m worth something,” he said. Beyond the emotional empowerment, Nasseri points to some hard economic numbers—and he sees the economic piece as essential to Afghanistan’s success. Twenty-one women are working to earn income. Eighty-four immediate family members have precious resources to help them climb out of poverty and vulnerability. Twenty-one Afghan children who would not have had the opportunity, including Seema’s oldest daughter, are now in school. “They are not on the street.” Nasseri said. “They are not child laborers. They will not be targets of bad guys or victims of violence.” Phil Geier, executive director of the Davis United
World Scholars Program, which administers the Projects for Peace competition on 90 campuses, said, “There are a lot of dimensions of this project that fit the program beautifully.” Not all Projects for Peace should or need to be in war-torn locales, but the fact that Nasseri comes from Kabul and is able to navigate the subtleties of doing business there gave his project proposal special resonance. And the level of initiative, drive, and focus that Nasseri displayed was impressive, Geier said. Nasseri’s initial success fits a pattern among Projects for Peace, Geier said. The grant serves as incubator capital for a small initiative that brings purpose, hope, and prospects for peace to people who desperately need all three. And, with continued commitment, Geier said, it can become a self-sustaining program helping more people as it grows. Scaling up and sustaining the embroidery initiative are both goals for Nasseri. He intends to turn the project into a nonprofit organization that will offer training, microloans, and hope to additional needy Afghan women. So, besides classes, homework, and studying for graduate school entrance exams, he’s looking for legal help to get 501C3 status for his initiative, developing a website for the project, designing tags, and trying to sell the shirts on campus to help sustain the effort. “If people know why we are doing this, they will support the cause,” Nasseri said. Colby / FALL 2011 35
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At Home on the Range Willard Wyman’s latest novel explores the transitory Ideal of the Old West SALLY BAKER REVIEW
In the summer of 1944, Willard G. Wyman ’56 was 13. His father, an Army cavalry officer, was in Europe, preparing to wade onto Omaha Beach. His mother, “undone” with fear and sickness, entered a psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. And young Bill Wyman went west—to a cabin of his own on the Spear-O ranch in Montana, to a summer of wrangling horses, baling hay, and mending fences, to country that captured his imagination, his life, and his soul. Wyman tells the story of that summer in “The Way Home,” an essay included in West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West (Lynn Stegner and Russell Rowland, editors; University of Texas Press, 2011). And he tells the continuing story of his West in Blue Heaven (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), his second novel, whose action precedes that of 2006’s High Country. Wyman read from Blue Heaven during his 55th reunion in June and talked about his love of the West, which began not in the family’s sometime home, San Francisco, but on the Spear-O. The ranch experience led him to a dual life—winters as a dean at Colby and Stanford and, finally, as the longtime headmaster of the Thacher School, summers leading muleassisted trips into Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness and the High Sierras of California. For Wyman, the West is both a physical place and a myth, and in his writing, fiction
Blue Heaven Willard G. Wyman ’56 University of Oklahoma Press (2011)
“I can’t seem to leave the land, even as it seems to be leaving us. ... I watch it pillaged, its waters diverted, its mountains torn open, its solitude violated—all of us using it up because we can’t teach ourselves what the Sioux and the Cheyenne knew in their hearts...” —— Willard G. Wyman ’56
and nonfiction, the tension between the two is profound. This is a writer saying goodbye to something he loves, not because he feels the pull of age and reflection, but because the West he knows is almost gone. “I can’t seem to leave the land, even as it seems to be leaving us,” he writes in “The Way Home.” “It’s stuck in me like a first love, holding on even as I watch it pillaged, its waters diverted, its mountains torn open, its solitude violated—all of us using it up because we can’t teach ourselves what the Sioux and the Cheyenne knew in their hearts: we belong to the West more than the West belongs to us.” The characters in Blue Heaven belong to the West as well. The action in this novel begins in 1902 and ends a few years before the story told in High Country begins. The young mule packer Ty Hardin and his friend and fellow mountain guide Special Hands, who are central to High Country, are here, too, but this novel’s core is Fenton Pardee. An adopted son of the Swan Range, Fenton finds his blue heaven in his work—leading hunters and other dudes into the high country at the back of strings of pack mules and horses— and in Cody Jo, a young woman trying to recover from deep troubles in her past who falls in love with Fenton and, as he says, “completes” him the way the country is complete. The title is important. The Swan Range is Fenton’s heaven, where he and Cody Jo are bruised saints and Ty is all but their immaculately conceived Son, a denizen so preternaturally at home that he seems made of the same stuff as the mountains. But, like Wyman, Fenton is urgently, angrily, aware that his West, his heaven, cannot be saved. Wyman says people tell him he should write a memoir, and “The Way Home” gives a taste of how magnificent that book could be. In his novels and in the essay, Wyman’s writing is spare when it should be, honed and clean and perfectly formed. He tried to write his life’s story as a memoir, he said in June, but it didn’t work. “The minute I invented characters I found a higher truth,” he said. “I could write about how people discover the West.” And how they grieve over its passing.
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Be Careful What You Wish For We live in an overcrowded, contentious world, one in which children starve, soldiers die, and the globe is warming. But wait—it could get worse. That’s the frightening punch packed by Drew Magary ’98 in his story of a dystopian future. Yet he keeps this debut novel from becoming a predictable slog by weaving bits of humor into the mix and examining all the ripple effects—from prosaic to profound—of artificially extended life. It’s 2019, and those with disposable income are rushing to take the cure. True, the treatment is expensive and consists of a series of painful shots, but the reward seems worth it: it stops the aging process. While the cure doesn’t promise eternal life—it’s still possible to succumb to disease or be killed—it seems to guarantee bonus time on earth. And that’s enough for 29-year-old Manhattan lawyer John Farrell, who quickly realizes he wants it “more than I had ever wanted anything.” Not everyone is so gung ho. The Pope has weighed in against it, groups are posting signs warning “Immortality Will Kill Us All,” and as the cure spreads worldwide, so do the riots against it.
The Postmortal Drew Magary ’98 Penguin (2011) Despite the nagging clamor, things initially seem good for those who have taken the cure. Life stretches out before them, promising the opportunity to travel the world for years at a
time, marry repeatedly, indulge without guilt. Like his cure compatriots, Farrell gains in experience as the years go by while never showing his true age. Still, the negatives of the cure become increasingly obvious. Populations begin to soar and stockpiling is widespread. Bad judgment abounds (a woman infatuated with the charms of babyhood gives her daughter the cure at the age of eight months), and so do disappointments (Farrell’s father gets the cure, but soon regrets it, saying, “I’m old and I’m tired and I hate waking up to that reality every day”). News flashes sprinkled throughout the book report on other cure downsides: an actress has been murdered by her understudy, “who was apparently uninterested in an eternal apprenticeship,” and “sales of adult incontinence undergarments ... have fallen 46 percent since 2016.” By the end of this cautionary tale, Farrell has come to terms with his integrity, his loyalty, and exactly how far he will go to help his fellow man. And for readers, the idea of everlasting life—even with an unlined face—may not be so appealing anymore. —Pat Sims
For This Rookie Cop, All the Streets Are Mean
Port City Black and White Gerry Boyle ’78 Down East (2011)
The American hard-boiled school of the noir novel, with its evocative sense of setting and its wisecracking, antiheroic protagonists willing to cut procedural corners, goes back almost 100 years and has spawned subgenres in the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, and elsewhere. Author Gerry Boyle ’78, the editor of this magazine, who seasoned his art in the noir tradition with a group of excellent detective novels in his Jack McMorrow series, published the second installment of his Brandon Blake police novel series, Port City Black and White, this summer. Brandon Blake, in his twenties, was abandoned by his mother at the age of 4 and left in the care of a guilt-ridden, alcoholic grandmother, Nessa. As did the first Blake novel, Port City Shakedown, Port City Black and White portrays a Portland, Maine, stripped of the glamour of the Old Port shops, New York Times-recommended restaurants, and enthusiastic cruise-ship shoppers. It is a working port city with ferries, fishing boats, and giant floating hotels. Boyle uses the layout of the city as a structural grid for the plot. There is precise use of the geography of Casco Bay and its many islands, and the streets of Portland—Congress and Commercial, Exchange and the Eastern Promenade—provide not only realism but a richly suggestive texture of the social scene. Blake, now a rookie with the Portland police, is developing a more complex relationship
with his girlfriend, Mia, but still suffering from the pains of childhood abandonment. These demons come flooding back when he investigates the disappearance of a six-month-old boy whose young mother lost track of the baby at a crack party. On patrol Blake partners with Kat, a gay triathlete who tries to control his impulse to ignore procedures in a department trying to build relationships in the community. As the title suggests, the neophyte Blake sees issues in black and white and recognizes no line between on-duty and off-duty time. His obsessive search for the missing child strains his relationship with Mia, brings cautions from Kat, and threatens his career almost before it begins. His discomfort with Mia’s trust-funded friend Lily and her Barbadian restaurateur partner, Winston, turns out to be more than class resentment and feeds the plot with violent action. Brandon’s search for the missing child leads him to the back streets and to the water, and he navigates both expertly. The novel will please boaters as well as admirers of tough, pithy dialogue and fast-paced action. In Brandon Blake, Boyle has created an interesting new protagonist who has a lot to learn as a policeman and as a man—as well as prospects for another long and fine series. —Patrick Brancaccio, Zacamy Professor of English, Emeritus
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recent releases Bloodspell Amalie (Gosine) Howard ’97 Langdon Street Press (2011) Victoria Warrick is a witch. Not just any witch, but one with superior witch powers, which she discovers on her 17th birthday. The heroine of this young adult novel may be able to read minds and teleport herself, but she also faces the same trials and tribulations as any teenager— the need to fit in versus the need to be true to herself. Life becomes even more difficult when Victoria falls in love with a handsome young vampire and a forbidden relationship blossoms. Howard, who lives in Larchmont, N.Y., and is a native of Trinidad, turned a short story into her first novel. It’s a good start, as Bloodspell was recommended as a “summer beach read” by CosmoGirl magazine. The Winter Travelers: A Christmas Fable Don J. Snyder ’72 Down East (2011) Don Snyder’s latest novel is a time-bending story that uses World War II as a prism through which to view the recent financial recession. Charlie Andrews is a young financial baron on the brink of suicide after a spectacular business failure. He is saved by a mysterious homeless woman who leads him on an odyssey of discovery that includes traveling back in time to join a trainload of troops returning from war in 1945. On the journey Andrews learns—like Dickens’s Scrooge—what really counts in life. Snyder’s admiring view of the Greatest Generation is familiar and is a lament for its inexorable passing. Left ambiguous is whether Snyder believes that those who have come after, and who are made of far less stern and rock-solid stuff, have irremediably destroyed the world their parents and grandparents saved.
The Thefts of the Mona Lisa Noah Charney ’03 ARCA Publications (2011) Art-theft expert Charney has aimed his considerable research and storytelling skills at yet another remarkable art heist (following his 2010 book, Stealing the Mystic Lamb). This time it’s the century-old theft of the Mona Lisa, a true story that involves skullduggery in the Louvre, misplaced political loyalties, and even Picasso and Apollinaire. Charney uses primary materials to recreate the shock that roiled France after the iconic painting disappeared and to describe the unlikely thief who pulled off this remarkable and, thank goodness, reversible crime. Proceeds from sale of the book benefit ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes against Art), which Charney founded.
An Economic History of the American Steel Industry Robert P. Rogers ’65 Routledge (2010) It’s hard to overstate the role of the steel industry in the development of the United States. Steel was the backbone of the country’s infrastructure, the skeleton of its booming cities. It propelled development of the auto industry and armed the nation for two world wars. Demand for workers for the country’s steel mills shaped migration from Europe to America. The coal industry grew in large part because of demand for steel production. Yet that steel boom was followed by a bust of sorts, as increased efficiency and international competition led to a downsizing of the industry. This evolution involved technology, innovation, organization of labor, and government regulation. Writing a comprehensive and concise history of the U.S. steel industry would seem a daunting task, but Rogers, a professor of economics at Ashland University, does it with care and precision. Beginning with the industry in its infancy in 1860, Rogers traces its path from cornerstone of the U.S. economy to its decline to its reemergence in a globalized market. (The biggest steel company in the United States is owned by an Indian tycoon.) While the book is part of a series of works on economic history, anyone with an interest in the forces that have shaped our country, culture, and world will find it a reflective work backed by exhaustive research. —Gerry Boyle ’78 Jack the Cuddly Dog—Jack Goes West Doug Morrione ’93 Hello Baby Productions (2010) From fields to the forest, Central Park to San Francisco, Jack the Cuddly Dog—a yellow cartoon canine with a cute smile—takes toddlers on a cross-country adventure designed to stimulate the senses. Created by Doug Morrione ’93 and Max Reynal, Jack, in the title, goes west in pursuit of his elusive red ball. Real-life footage of roaming buffalo and aerial views of the Grand Canyon are made kid-friendly by a child’s narration and the energetic main character who travels by plane, train, and hot-air balloon from New York to California, where he retrieves his favorite toy and watches the sun set over the Pacific.
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Economy Remains Cool? Colby Career Center looks to “Warm Market” Gerry Boyle ’78 STORY
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Last October Jen Mason Drolet ’97 and Alex Ridder ’05 made the trip to Mayflower Hill from Denver, where their company, a national market research firm called iModerate, is located. With the company growing quickly, Drolet, vice president for client and moderating services, and Ridder, a business analyst, had decided the time was right to tap Colby as a source of new talent. Was it ever. The pair gave an informational presentation, interviewed nine students, and eventually landed two Jan Plan interns. “We were both really impressed with the candidates who came across our desk,” Drolet said. “I felt that they interviewed well, better than what I see come across my plate day in and day out.” Added Ridder, “They blew our minds, actually. … There wasn’t anybody who wasn’t great.” Getting that message out to alumni and Colby parents and friends “is going to become increasingly critical,” said Career Center Director Roger Woolsey. “This is the model we’re going to have to really endorse and create programming around.” Why? An anemic economy that doesn’t show signs of turning around soon. Woolsey said he’s hearing that some companies won’t be recruiting at Maine colleges this year because they’ve cut back on hiring and that other firms are going to be hiring fewer new graduates. Woolsey sees internships as the catalyst that sets the process in motion. Colby has brought back academic credit for internships (students can get one credit each for up to three internships), offers internship funding, and has seen an increase in mock interviews. Woolsey says these are symptoms of an upsurge in students preparing for the job market. “Once that intern steps into that organization and does a phenomenal job, they say, ‘Wow. Are all Colby students like that?’” Woolsey, not surprisingly, is bullish on Colby students and their skill sets, including academic preparation, writing and analytic skills, and work ethic. The iModerate recruiters echoed that, saying students were engaged, asked good questions, and favorably impressed the non-Colby members of the hiring team. “People were surprised that somebody coming out of college—or who hadn’t graduated, in the case of the Jan Plan
“I think, as we grow, having a process for recruiting smart people-—people who can think critically, can be taught, novices who are teachable—is really what we can get out of a process at Colby.” —— Alex Ridder ’05
Alex Ridder ’05, Jen Mason Drolet ’97, and Emma Harrington ’11 in the offices of iModerate, a market research firm. Drolet and Ridder have tapped Colby for new hires and interns. interns—was as polished as they were and ready to be in the workforce,” Drolet said. One former Jan Plan intern, Emma Harrington ’11, joined iModerate as a junior project manager in August. Two weeks later she was helping manage multiple projects. “It’s just keeping up the communications between the internal factions, what we need to do to keep the product rolling and on time,” Harrington said. Drolet and Ridder said the challenge in hiring Harrington was choosing from a field of excellent candidates. And when another position opened up months later, “Everyone said, ‘Can we hire that [Colby] guy?’” Ridder said. (That senior had taken another job.) According to Ridder, the company gets 200 to 300 résumés for every job advertised. While there are strong candidates in that pile, finding them is time-consuming and costly, he said. A
pipeline to a college like Colby is a tremendous benefit in terms of cost and efficiency. “I think, as we grow, having a process for recruiting smart people—people who can think critically, can be taught, novices who are teachable—is really what we can get out of a process at Colby,” Ridder said. “They can write well, they think analytically, they’re critical thinkers. It really streamlines the process.” Woolsey said his office is seeing a steady increase in the numbers of “alumni ambassadors”—alumni and parents interested in serving as a conduit to their employer or companies with which they are associated. While finance has traditionally used the ambassador model, similar connections are being made with international consulting firms, commercial real estate companies, advertising, and nonprofits. Drolet and Ridder, meanwhile, were planning their second visit, with the intention of hiring one Colby student and perhaps more. “I couldn’t have gone to Colby without the significant financial aid that I received,” Drolet said. “It was always my goal to be able to come back. I remember as a senior having Colby grads come to campus and recruit for their organizations. It was always something I wanted to do.” Colby / FALL 2011 39
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Family Homecoming 2011
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1944 I actually have some news! Nan Grahn Christensen moved into assisted living (almost 10 years ago) and says it is something like going back to college, being with her peer group again. There are a lot of Senior Challenges, which include competitions in many fields. She won a gold medal in a swim meet. Congrats Nan! She can visit with her family and grandchildren, who live near by in Wellington, Fla. Y I had a note from Barbara Baylis Primiano saying she has moved into assisted living but is still in Barrington, R.I. Y A wonderful long letter came from Nancy Curtis Lawrence, who lives in Sequim, Wash. She sent along sympathy to me on the death of my 17-yearold great-grandson in an accident in 2010. She lost her 41-year-old grandson in a train accident in March 2011. Irreplaceable members of our families. Our sympathies to her and her family. She does have arthritis in her knee and hip joints, which restricts her activities to some extent. But she still swims frequently and rides her tractor to mow the “back 40.” Y Nancy Pattison McCarthy came to Maine with her daughter Nancy in June to visit her sister, who is in a nursing home in Camden. We did have a chance to chat on the phone. She is so happy to be located in the Fort Belvoir area, as she is near a lot of her family. Y My daughter and I returned just three days before alumni reunion weekend from a magnificent trip through nine national parks in the West. As the Saturday of reunion was clear and warm, I drove over in time for the parade of classes. That is always fun as well as moving. I was the only representative of the Class of 1944, but the Class of 1946 insisted that I join
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A looming snowstorm didn’t cool spirits at Family Homecoming Weekend Oct. 28-30. Tailgaters Robert Woodbury ’78, daughter Elizabeth Woodbury ’15, and wife and mom Catherine Woodbury were prepared for the weather (a good thing, as it turned out). Activities included pumpkin carving with a Colby theme, including the Mule at right, carefully crafted by Susan Duffy P’12, mother of Tom Duffy ’12, footbal tri-captain. An estimated 3,000 people were on campus for a variety of activities, including football’s 37-14 win over rival Bates. Visitors also saw snow on Mayflower Hill as the historic October snowstorm swept into Maine that Saturday night.
them! At the lobster bake I caught up with two of our classmates: Harold Joseph and his wife as well as Gabe Hikel and his wife. We are all well into our 80s and realize how fortunate we are to still be around. My left arm, which I broke in April (an inch or two below my shoulder), is now recovered, but I went on that trip to the parks with my arm in a sling. That seemed like freedom after it had been strapped to my body, which was a challenge.
1945 Meg Bernier Boyd email@example.com Maurice M. Whitten and wife Doris were busy this summer attending reunions. On June 4 they attended the alumni reunion luncheon at Colby. On June 24 they attended reunion at the University of Southern Maine, as it marked Doris’s 70th year since graduating from Gorham Normal School. And on
July 12 they attended reunion at Wilton Academy, where Maurice taught science from 1945 to 1948. Maurice also talked by phone with Beverly Booth, who is in a nursing home in Weston, Mass.
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1947 Meg Bernier Boyd email@example.com The Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse in Cambridge, Mass., awarded the Beverly Benner Cassara Award in June to Judy Norris of the Women’s Center in Cambridge. Established in 2008 and named after Beverly, the award recognizes a senior volunteer who “embodies Beverly’s unique and long-term commitment to the ideals of productive aging, lifelong learning, and the understanding that volunteering is an enduring resource for the entire community.” Beverly received the first award in 2008 and remains active with the organization. Y Dana and Harriet Nourse Robinson moved to Concord, N.H., six years ago to a continuing-care facility called HavenwoodHeritage Heights. It’s a special place with numerous activities. They found a single story home across the street from Harriet’s sister, Fran Nourse Johnston ’49, and her husband. The move worked out well, as one son in Portland and another in Middlebury visit more frequently than when the couple lived in Florida. When they made their last trip to China, in 2002, Dana and Harriet attended the opening of their oldest son’s law firm. He arranged a major 80th birthday party for Dana, which was attended by their Chinese friends whom they met during the 1993-97 period when they lived in Beijing. Sadly, Harriet died Aug. 15 and Dana died Sept. 17. They submitted this news before they both passed.
1948 David and Dorothy Marson firstname.lastname@example.org Mike and Kay Weisman Jaffe recently traveled to Finland and Norway and even were above the Arctic Circle and on the border of Russia. Northern Finland is famous for reindeer, and Mike and Kay saw some big and little ones. There are images of Santa Claus all year round and some beautiful lake country, too. In Norway they spent five days going through the fjords on what was called a ferry, but it had fine accommodations and great food, though the rooms were smaller than a cruise ship. It stopped at many big and small ports and, when it stayed long enough, they could visit some charming and interesting towns. They were in Bergen for Norway’s National Day and saw a parade. They had every organization and school with separate sections and lots of bands and children’s groups, most in costumes. From Bergen to Oslo they went via ferry and old-fashioned train through the mountains and then a modern train into Oslo. They now have seven great-grandchildren (one
couple has four)—so many that Kay doesn’t always remember to send birthday cards on time. As someone said to her, I don’t have a memory, I have a “forgetery.” Kay wrote, “at least I remembered to send this and hope you are both well.��� Kay wanted us to tell all the Class of 1948, “Thank you for your support of the College.” Y Janet Gay Hawkins doesn’t have much going on but she’ll have more to report after her trip to France in September. We look forward to hearing about it. Y David received a letter from Bobo Folino in response to his letter of condolence regarding Buddy (Fran Folino). She lives in Vermont. She sent a long letter as well as the program for Buddy’s memorial service. The cover of the program was a reproduction of the May 1948 Colby Alumnus with a picture of Bobo and Buddy titled “Seniors.” It was a very appropriate tribute! Y We attended this year’s commencement at Colby, the 190th, to see our grandson, Mark McNulty ’11, graduate. Our daughter, Deborah (Marson ’75), and David marched in the baccalaureate and commencement processions and the combined Marson, Moller, and McNulty clans totaled nine attendees. Although it rained a little on Saturday, the sun came out on Sunday and, as usual, commencement was a wonderful event held outdoors.
1949 Anne Hagar Eustis email@example.com Time for a bit of news from the ’49ers. Jean Desper Thurston reports that in mid-June four former residents of Mower House had a mini-reunion. Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown Gordon, Elaine Noyes Cella, and Janet (Peanut) Pride Davis gathered at Jean’s home in Nobleboro, Maine. They caught up on lives, reminisced, and had a great tour of the Colby art museum, making a stop to view the old site behind the former Foss Hall. Unfortunately Kathryn Garrick Alex and Jean (Jeb) Bonnell Day were unable to attend as planned and were missed. Hopefully next time! Janet adds that they went to Moody’s Diner for breakfast. Having seen Mower House today, she now knows “why my father was not very impressed with our quarters.” Heat and humidity notwithstanding, Peanut enjoyed the summer with her children, their wives and husbands, and her grandchildren, the eldest of which “graduated from Northeastern in June and is employed!” Three others are seniors in college—at Towson in Maryland, and Endicott and Gordon in Mass. The last two are a junior and a senior in high school. Peanut thinks of our Colby years often. Y I recived an e-mail from James Pearl, who
reports the “old” news that 16 years ago he started a new business manufacturing fireplace mantels. These mantels are built by two furniture factories in China, and his company distributes them to building supply companies, hearth shops, and Internet companies, all of which keeps him busy and out of trouble. His best news is that due to “a wayward daughter who gave us a grandson, Carter, three years ago, and because of circumstances, we have had custody for almost the entire three years. What a blessing!” Thank you Jean and Jim for responding to my blast e-mail. Y Hope (Toby) Harvey Graf and I went to reunion as we usually do. ’49ers were scarce—only seven were on the registration list and all those were Mainers. We visited with Ruth Endicott Freeman, who was there with her daughter, and spied Kay and Walter Borucki at the lobster bake. Y That does it for now. In three months I’ll send out another e-mail requesting news and will hope to hear from some of the rest of you.
1950 Betsy (Dudie) Jennings Maley firstname.lastname@example.org Joan Seekins Golden McDermott had lunch with Nancy Ardiff Boulter, Ginny Davis Pearce, Barbara Starr Wolf, Gloria Gordon Goldman, and Connie Foxcroft Perrigo recently. She told them about her trip to France for the 67th reunion of the 1944 crash of a B24 on which Paul Golden ’49 flew as a navigator during World War II. Paul was Joan’s first husband, who died in 1974 of a sudden heart attack. Joan traveled to the Cote d’Azur and Maritime Alps with her oldest son, Kevin Golden, and her husband of 25 years, Frank McDermott. The story of the crash begins May 27, 1944, when the B24 Liberator 252399, The Flak Finder, flew from Toretto Field, south of
Foggia, Cerignola, Italy, on its 23rd mission. The pilot was Lt. Gerald Maroney and the navigator Paul Golden ’49. The target was the airdrome at Salon De Provence, France. A nest of Ju-88 aircraft had been raiding shipping in the Mediterranean. The group was greeted by heavy flak at the French coast near Nice. The Flak Finder was hit in the wing and tail and left the formation, turned toward land, hoping to fly to Switzerland. The engine caught fire and Paul informed the pilot that they were losing altitude and couldn’t clear the mountains. Ten men parachuted and the plane crashed into the Pic de l’Aigle east of Thorens near Le Mas, 30 kilometers north of Grasse. The plane burned for three days and the airmen were scattered over an area of 20 miles. The Germans captured four of the airmen but the other six were hidden by the French Resistance and given food, clothing, and some shelter for three months. All 10 safely returned to the U.S. after the war. Fast forward to the present, when Paul’s grandson found an account of a memorial and anniversary celebration of this rescue in a French newspaper and also a PBS personal oral account by O.B. Streepers, the tail gunner and only living crew member. Joan’s son, Kevin, met in Illinois with Streepers and his daughter, who knew the granddaughter of Edouard Parmelin, the Frenchman who hid Paul, Streepers, and the radio operator. A trip to France was planned, and Joan, Frank, and Kevin were guests of Parmelin’s extended family. They visited the remains of bunkers along the Mediterranean coast that delivered the flak, the American landing site near San Raphael, and then spent five nights in Le Mas, a town on the mountainside at the site of castle ruins with only 30 year-round residents. Parmelin bought the monastery in Le Mas after the war and his granddaughter now owns it. Joan’s family climbed and
30s/40s newsmakers Mary Palmer Mills ’33 turned 100 Oct. 28. A resident of Palo Alto, Calif., for more than 50 years, Mills was born in Hinckley, Maine, where, the story goes, a doctor surgically removed a rib from the 5-year-old pneumonic Mills on the kitchen table to ease her breathing. Mills now practices yoga and solves difficult crossword puzzles. She fondly remembers Colby’s old campus yet has never visited Mayflower Hill. F Norfolk State University (NSU) awarded William T. Mason Jr. ’47 an honorary degree May 7. Mason earned William T. Mason Jr. ’47 his law degree from Howard University in 1950 and became the first African-American assistant U.S. attorney for Virginia’s Eastern District. The longest-serving member of the NSU Foundation board, Mason, still a practicing lawyer, has provided leadership and support to NSU, including establishing a scholarship fund in his name.
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50s newsmakers William Wing ’54 was one of 11 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. A pitcher, Wing earned all-state honors at Colby and the Edward C. Roundy Award. Wing pitched in the Class B league, signed with the Red Sox, and played in the minors for three years before his career with General Electric. “It would have been interesting to see how far he would have gone,” a friend told the Morning Sentinel. “He could throw as hard a most major leaguers.” F Certified business analyst Bob Keltie ’59 won two awards this year, but not for success in his day job at the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach (Fla.) State College. Keltie, also an ice hockey referee, won the 2011 Chet Stewart Bob Keltie ’59 Award from USA Hockey for developing a training seminar to increase the number of officials in south Florida. Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton also recognized Keltie for his 22 years of volunteering and for 12 years on its board.
picnicked at the crash site on top of Pic de l’Angle May 27, 67 years to the date of the crash. They visited the ruins of the stone house where the three were hidden and saw the building in Le Mas where a sheet was displayed to warn the airmen to hide and not enter the village. Next they drove to Grasse, where they had lunch with Claudette Rouguier and Laurent, the wife and son of the then 10-year-old who climbed the mountain and hid food for the airmen. The last night there Joan’s family took the Parmelin family to dinner in Cannes. Joan said, “We will be forever grateful to the Parmelin family for their generosity and true friendship. We have many facts and stories, including pictures from 1944, 1992, and 2011, which we’re assembling, including some further research. At the very least, we have something of value to hand down to our family.”
1951 Chet Harrington email@example.com We held our 60th reunion and there was a wonderful turnout. I wish you all could have been with us. It was well planned and the campus is fabulous. Lucy and Richard Bowen attended and were glad to see many friends. Richard recently officiated at his daughter’s wedding at a park in Boston. He also attended the wedding of his grandson Matthew Lynes ’05 and Matthew’s new wife, Maureen Sherry ’05. There were more than 40 Colbians at the wedding. Isn’t that great? Y Ted Weaver graduated from more than 45 radiology sessions and in three months will learn the results. In the meantime he moved to Maine for the summer. We wish Ted good results and many years ahead. Y Dick “Red” Nemrow is alive and well. He moved his office to Brunswick, Maine, after 40 years in Boston and is restoring
a historic building—a five-year project. He also moved to his summer home, acquired 33 years ago in Harpswell, Maine. Y John Linscott was at reunion and entertained us with melodies on the piano. He has a band that plays at various places in New England. Thanks for adding to the reunion, John. Y Walt Russell looks just like he did on the basketball court in the ’40s and ’50s. He doesn’t run as fast, but he should run for a Senate seat to change things in Washington. Y Jane Perry Lindquist, Marie Donovan Kent, and Helen Palen Roth added glamour to our class and attended all the reunion events. They looked fabulous and are just as much fun as they always were. Jane became “Polly” Leighton again and made some great comments about all our reunion classmates. Thanks Polly! Y And now from the editor, Chet Harrington: I enjoyed spending time with Ted Shiro and many of our super classmates. Ted has survived several tough operations—I was with him when he had major heart surgery last winter in Naples, Fla., where he lives year round. Thanks for making the trip to Maine, Ted. I’m playing golf anytime I can and on all days that end in “y.” I enjoyed playing in the alumni tournament with President Adams, who is a lot of fun and a good golfer. He has made a huge difference at Colby and I mean that in a positive way. We enjoyed our 50-plus years of vacationing at Orleans on Cape Cod, where I hoped to catch up with a lot of Colby people. All the best to the classmates of “the greatest class in Colby history,” without a doubt.
1952 Jan “Sandy” Pearson Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Class of ’52. I’m back and must start by thanking so many friends who sent me their concerns and good wishes while I was
ill. I’m much better now. Y Older news from Betsy Fisher Caldwell, who said that after the tornados hit Birmingham, “It was like a war zone in our little village of Cahaba Heights.” In July she added, “Wild, hot temperatures here. Roy (my husband) has to play tennis at dawn instead of the afternoon. We will (soon) head north to Saratoga for the races, then visit the children in upper New York State. Back east for Roy’s granddaughter’s wedding at a camp in New Hampshire, where I’ll see Els Warendorf Hulm ’51 at their summer home near Lake Winnipesaukee.” Y Edie Carpenter Sweeney tells us that, “when our girls were teenagers, we hosted a girl from Torino, Italy, one summer for six weeks. Sylvana found me on the Internet and will visit us in Maine after visiting daughter Louise in Winchester, Mass. Other than that, Arthur and I lead old peoples’ lives.” Y Dave Crocket, a regular contributor says, “My grandson, David Scott Crocket V, a staff sergeant in the M.P.s in Germany, served as an escort for the women’s soccer team. Had his picture on ESPN. David earned the Purple Heart as well as the combat infantryman’s badge in Iraq. Another grandson, “Bucky” Farley, has been appointed to the philosophy department at Northern Illinois University.” Y Evelyn Mack took a trip to Russia and the Ukraine, including four days in St. Petersburg with a trip to the Hermitage, four days in Moscow with a tour of the Kremlin, and four days in Kiev. “Highly recommend the trip.” Y Dave Morse wrote, “I was sorry to learn of the death of my roommate, Bob Hooper. He had to deal with more than his share of illness. I’m enjoying writing our condo association newsletter as well as conducting a writers’ group in Kennebunk. Short stories and poetry continue to be my focus. The Ogunquit Playhouse is a source of great pleasure for Joan and I. We enjoy fun times with Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich, usually associated with food.” Y Mel Lyons is working on his novel and has six chapters written. He writes, “My son brought to my attention an article about the Civil War and the doings of Colby alumnus Major General Benjamin Butler 1838 and how he was responsible for changing the Union’s attitude toward slavery, leading up to the Emancipation Declaration. Butler is usually regarded with some disdain, even by Colby graduates, but maybe this will restore some good will to his image.” Y Finally, a bit of news from yours truly. After 22 years living on Cape Cod, I moved back to Connecticut in mid-October. My children have been insistent about being closer to them, so I’ll live in a retirement community in Guilford. If any of you live in the vicinity, please let me know. Until next time, my best to you all.
1953 Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey email@example.com When the Colby magazine comes I like to drop everything. I always read what other class correspondents offer in “Alumni At Large.” I have six entries this time. The first is from Virginia Falkenbury Aronson. Her favorite thing this summer was an 80th birthday celebration, one that showed some thoughtful/original planning. Her four children rented an apartment in midtown Manhattan so that they could walk to chosen activities. Each got to pick one thing: Avery Fisher Hall for a Beethoven concert, Broadway to see Billy Elliot, MOMA. Her son insisted they go to Greenwich Village to a karaoke bar, where each one had to participate. They also provided a long list of restaurants. Maybe Ginnie will send me the “results” of all this for the next column. She sends happy birthday wishes to all classmates celebrating their big 80th. Y Loretta Mearns Setter wrote from San Diego, saying she did get back to Delaware in May to celebrate her 80th and also accompany her sister in burying her sister’s husband, who passed away in January. Y In July Joyce (Whitham ’54) and Chuck Spencer returned from a 3,000-mile trip to visit family in Las Vegas and to attend a wedding in Alamo, Calif. While there they visited Napa Valley. During their drive home they encountered high winds, blown-over 18-wheelers, plus dust storms and hail. Chuck says the roads out west were either very bad or under construction and that the Colorado rivers were high or flooding in places. Y Last May Alice Colby-Hall was honored for her teaching and scholarship at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. They had a banquet in Alice’s honor. She was one of 3,000 professors and graduate students and participated in a roundtable on the pronunciation of Old Occitan, the language of troubadours, followed by a workshop on French pronunciation spoken in England in the 12th century. It was all in appreciation by her colleagues, many of whom are her former students. Y Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury went on two nice trips last spring. They met some friendly travelers on a three-week cruise to Norway. Later in June they attended a family reunion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—fun for all ages from 4 to 81. Y Roger Olson died July 19 and Al Hibbert sent a nice tribute about his best friend. He wrote: “Roger was more than a friend, he was like a brother. We went to Coburn Prep School in Waterville and were both ATOs. We played football together and met up when our ships tied together in Norfolk,
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Va. Roger married Dot (Forster ’54) and I married Pat in 1953. We visited each other often at class reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, and our children’s weddings. We always had great times together at our homes in Illinois or at their cabin in Monson, Maine. The four of us had many wonderful experiences. Dot took such great care of Roger, and the love they shared was very special. I’m going to miss Roger! I wish Dot the very best and hope we can continue to get together from time to time.”
1954 Art Eddy firstname.lastname@example.org Karl Dornish reports that living without pain following the replacement of both knees, being able to ski again, and being able to compete again on the tennis court is really nice. He also correctly asserts that during her 14 years as head class agent, Judy Jenkins Totman has “written the book” on class participation and will be sorely missed by both the College and our class. Karl and Jane (Millett ’55) were the recipients this year of the Marriner Award, the first time that a couple has been so honored. Y Judy Jenkins Totman sends her sincere thanks to all who donated this year. Ninety-seven percent (122 of 126 members) contributed a sum that surpassed the dollar goal for our class. Y Carol Dyer Wauters continues to do grassroots political organizing and advocating for smart sustainable community planning and the conservation of wildlife and open space. Y Lois McCarty Carlson and I had our second annual golf outing during my yearly trip to Maine. Y We came so close to a 100 percent participation rate that I’m hopeful we will make it for our 60th reunion.
1955 Kathie Flynn Carrigan email@example.com Greetings from Maine! Last week the summer issue of Colby magazine came— what a treasure! Lots of news, both good and bad. Good, concerning all the advances and student achievements. Bad, because it’s time to say goodbye to Parker and Dick. Things just won’t be the same. But life hurries on and Colby is moving with the times. Here we are, the ’55ers, one year older (and wiser?), a whopping 60 years out and counting. Y Karl ’54 and Jane Millett Dornish received the coveted Ernest Marriner Award at reunion in June. This is indeed a special honor, well deserved. They’ve worked hard for Colby over many years and in many capacities. Congratulations from all of us! Y Eric and
Beryl Wellersdieck Piper came all the way east from Corona Del Mar, Calif., to take advantage of the Alumni College Italian Renaissance course at Colby. Short of time, they missed a visit with Karl and Jane and Dilly (Ann) Dillingham Ingraham, but did have dinner at Jack and Ann Burnham Deering’s home with Harriet Sears Fraser, Kathy McCounaughy Zambello ’56, and Larry ’56 and Jean Van Curan Pugh. Beryl reports that Sistie Restall Horne is doing well and seemed upbeat after Bob died. She hasn’t changed. Y Bob Johnson lives in Canaan, Maine, and keeps busy with his family and his woodcutting business. Y Jane (Daib ’58) and John Reisman spent three weeks in Maine this summer. Over the course of their visit, they saw Larry Walker Powley ’54, Willy McDonald Sawyer ’58, Cindy Allerton Rocknak ’58, and Fran (Wren ’58) and Bob Raymond ’56. Jane and John also had lunch with Kathy McCounaughy Zambello ’56 and toward the end of their vacation lunched with Jack Johnston and his wife. Y Did you happen to see the photo of Connie Putnam Barker and her grandson, Jake, in the July issue of Down East magazine? She’s featured in an ad for Thornton Oaks retirement community in Brunswick, Maine, where she lives nine months of the year. Summers are spent at her beloved Orr’s Island cottage. Connie is active with the Orr’s-Bailey Yacht Club and cofounded the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School there. Jake has been a dock boy at the club. What a great life! Y We’re looking forward to a beautiful and colorful fall after a warm summer in Maine. Please send me your news for our next column. Cheers!
1956 Joan Williams Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings classmates, from the outer Cape. We’re still basking in the splendor of our 55th reunion in June. So many folks showed up to celebrate the magnificence of the school and continued devotion to it. Amazingly, most people have a recognizable feature and pulling up names to match was not difficult. Several highlights, of course, but the big one for John and me was the trip to the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor on Friday. A delicious lobster luncheon, hosted by Paula and Peter Lunder, was held in the Children’s Garden, a wondrous place worthy of a special visit with your grandchildren. Thanks to all who worked to ensure the success of “Our Last Hurrah.” Y Barbara (B.J.) Davis Howard floored me with the news that she and her husband met Jackie Huebsch Scandalios and her husband in Europe this summer. They were on the same riverboat! With
them, also, was Margaret Vallaly ’07, a much younger grad. They toasted Colby on the deck! Jackie told B.J. of her wonderful summers spent boating around the Greek islands with her grandchildren. B.J. also connected with Ken Swanson, who has happy memories of his freshman year at Colby. All good stuff, B.J. Thank you. Y Julie Brush Wheeler writes from Oregon that several of her former students attended Colby. “The College is well recognized in the Pacific Northwest and I’m proud to say I went there.” Julie is an avid advocate of antigun violence, raising large sums of money to perpetuate gun turn-in programs in Oregon over the last 16 years. She told a poignant tale of a recent visit to Istanbul and being outside the Blue Mosque, where she helped a struggling worshipper who gave her a “perfect rosebud retrieved from his ragged belongings. It was a precious moment of connection.” Thanks for sharing, Julie. Y Ruthann Simmonds Mac Kinnon is one of the many people who said how great it was to be together at reunion. She was pleased to have Barbara Faltings Kinsman visit for a few days after reunion “to just hang out.” Y Janet Nordgren Meryweather stays upbeat despite her odyssey with poor health. She and husband Steen are indeed role models. Steen had a grand time being pushed around campus by a darling coed,
by the way. Thanks Colby for not missing a trick. Y It has been a pleasure for me to be your class correspondent the past five years. I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you who contributed news for the many issues, sharing little glimpses into your senior lifestyles as we cope daily with old man old age. Our class is unique in many ways, but the ongoing relationship, still so caring after more than a half century, is still, by far, the most important. John and I continue to be grateful. Y Charlene Roberts Riordan will be your new correspondent.
1957 Guy and Eleanor Ewing Vigue email@example.com There is a lot to write about, so I’ll get right to it. Candace Orcutt Ph.D, enhancing her career even further, presented at her third conference on personality disorders at the Psychotherapy Institute in Istanbul. Candace’s book, Trauma and Personality Disorder, has just been published in Turkish. Y Allan van Gestel is “still standing,” but I would venture to say that he goes further than that! He has a very busy arbitration/ mediation law practice at JAMS in Boston. Al will conduct an arbitration in Hyderabad, India, and then testify as an expert witness on Massachusetts contract law in
Susan S. Y. Johnson ’54
Appreciating the Personal Touch “I’ve been able to give small gifts over all the years since 1954, but I wanted to do something more financially significant,” said Susan Johnson ’54. “When I learned about the charitable gift annuity, I realized it would be perfect. I could give a larger gift to Colby and have the guaranteed regular income I need. If my gift enables just one student to afford college, I’ll be happy.”
Let’s talk. Susan Conant Cook ’75, P’11 800-809-0103 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn more about Susan Johnson? See special section on inside cover or visit www.colby.edu/willows
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alumni at large Cypress. Living in coastal Rockport, Mass., is a great change of pace. Y In early June Rose Stinson Ebsworth and her husband drove around our beautiful Colby campus. Rose was amazed at the many additions of harmonious new buildings. They also toured the Perkins Arboretum and found many bird species there before returning to a wet and chilly July back home in England. Y Here’s a challenge for any couch potatoes among us: Lucy Pickles Haworth recently climbed Mt. Washington via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, “a very challenging but scenic hike with its many waterfalls.” Staying overnight at the Lake of the Clouds AMC hut was a wonderful experience in itself. The next day, Lucy (and I don’t know how she could climb out of bed) hiked along the ridge from Mt. Monroe to Mt. Eisenhower. Y Don Dinwoodie took his 14-year-old grandson to Barcelona last summer as a rite-of-passage trip. Life on the ranch hums happily along and Don is not retiring from real estate in the foreseeable future. Y In April Marilyn and Tom Brackin attended Tom’s marine helicopter squadron reunion in Branson, Mo.,
participation rate of 71 percent, a record for our class. Special thanks to Bill Slade, Art Smith, and Colette Piqueres Greenwood for helping with this successful campaign. On the personal level, Buddy and his wife, Connie, are as active as ever and enjoy the cultural opportunities in Aspen, Colo. Spring and fall visits to Addison, Maine, are a real treat too. Y It never ceases to amaze me how our class has come together and the response for our column gets stronger and broader. Guy and I are so pleased to be a part of unifying our terrific class! Thank you for your responses. Some of your news came in too late, but it’s “at the ready” for the following issue.
1958 Mary Ellen Chase Bridge email@example.com While in Florida each winter, Constance Rockwell Ward volunteers with the children of Fellsmere, Fla., working with the local private library to put on educational programs for about 300 young children and arranging enrichment programs at
In July Jane Gibbons ’58 completed hiking all the trails in the AMC Guide to the White Mountains. She is the seventh person to have finished—and the oldest. which has become the music capitol of the country. Wonderful Southern cooking and hospitality! Y Fifty-four years had passed since John Conkling skied at Sugarloaf, and the amazing changes there caught him and Nancy by surprise. The mountain they knew back in the ’50s, with two t-bars, has been transformed into one of the most magnificent ski resorts in the country. Y Andy and Wendy Dorman McIntosh celebrated their 50th anniversary by spending the month of August in Scotland with their kids and grandkids. Wendy says it’s good to travel while they can—she and Andy are off on a photo trip to Kenya in October. Y This fall Dick and Perk Perkins Canton will spend a few days in Moscow, then take a riverboat adventure on the Volga River. Y Linda and Don Tracy, having traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, find that life on the coast of Maine, with all the activities (sailing, kayaking), beats everything. Don sold his tax practice and now has more time to enjoy his five children and families who live in Maine, including a “great-grand.” Y Buddy Bates sends a big “thank you” to those in the Class of ’57 who participated in this year’s Colby Fund. We raised $72,000 with a
the elementary school. For these efforts she was designated Volunteer of the Year at the school and this past season received a proclamation and a key to the city of Fellsmere. Y In July Jane Gibbons completed hiking all the trails in the AMC Guide to the White Mountains. She is the seventh person to have finished—and the oldest. There are 1,420 miles of trails, many to quite remote places in the Whites. Previously she hiked New England’s hundred highest mountains, climbed to the highpoint of the lower 48 states, hiked to the summit of approximately 400 peaks in the Southwest, and scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro. “Pretty good for a gal who was one of Colby’s worst athletes while in college! It shows that it just takes persistence to reach your goal. You might say I was a late bloomer.” Y In early August Jim ’56 and Ann Harding Jamieson were in St. Albans, Maine, at their camp, awaiting the arrival of four of their nine grandchildren and their parents and wishing the other five grandchildren could join them. “That, to us, is about as fun and satisfying as it gets.” One group was coming from Georgia, where the temperature was 95 degrees, so Ann hoped Maine would
“show its really good stuff—cool and breezy weather.” In response to my query about reading recommendations, Ann suggested writer Daniel Silva, who recently published the 14th book in his Gabriel Allon series. She likes reading his works because they are “instructional and riveting—and oh so current.” Y For the month of October Judy Brown Dickson will be in England with her son and his wife. She’ll also travel to Scotland to visit Bethia Reynolds Morris ’57 at her home in Helensburgh. “It will be another adventure for me.” Y Janet Pratt Brown and her husband are happy that their oldest daughter, Deb, her husband, Mitch, and their two children, 11 and 7, are moving closer—from Seattle to Vermont, where Mitch has a counseling position at Williamstown High School. The move “will make family reunions a bit easier, and I look forward to visiting Vermont more often from Ithaca, N.Y.” Y Kay Litchfield Cross and Dot Greenman Ketchum paid a summer visit to Ginny Angney Bushee at her home at Lake Seymour, Vt. As well as catching up on news and driving to Quechee to shop, they attended a performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s drama 39 Steps at the famous (at least in Vermont) Haskell Opera House, the only theater located half in the U.S. and half in Canada. The international boundary runs diagonally through the theater, and the exit sign on one side is in English and on the other in French. Fortunately, no passport is yet required to see a show there, but if theater-goers park on a street in Quebec, they must report to customs officials; failure to do so may result in a $5,000 fine! Y All the news this time is from females. Okay, men, you’re up next time! I want lots of replies—what you’re reading, where you’re traveling, where you’re volunteering, what post-retirement jobs you’re taking, etc. Please keep me posted!
1959 Joanne K. Woods firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to all who sent news. Dick Morrison is fascinated watching his grandchildren grow, astonished at how quickly the five-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy learned their dad’s iPad, and at their skill at Angry Birds on the iPod Touch. Although Dick has used a Windows PC since the ’80s, he thinks Apple has it right in how they design hardware and software. Y Bob Keltie won the 2011 USA Hockey-Chet Stewart Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the officiating education program as an official and volunteer. Bob has had a long officiating career and has been the off-ice
official for the NHL’s Florida Panthers since the team’s origin. Bob was also recognized for his volunteer work with Hospice by the Sea. He began volunteering with them in 1989 as a patient volunteer and has served on their board for nearly 12 years. Y Greg MacArthur is president of Viewpoint 2000, a corporate strategy and consulting company primarily in the teleconferencing industry. Prior to 1998 Greg was a VP of investments at Paine Webber for 21 years and from 1994 to 1998 VP at A.G. Edwards. He’s been quoted in Fortune magazine in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Shortly after moving to Stuarts Draft, Va., Mary Ranlett Mossman had a visit from her daughter, who lives in France. Her son and his wife from North Carolina also visited, and her other daughter lives nearby. The children had not been together in nine years. Mary and her husband enjoy exploring the lovely Shenandoah Valley. Y Margaret Lippincott Brezel completed a trip with her brother and sister to celebrate their only living cousin’s 100th birthday in Connecticut. Her great-grandfather was Gardner Colby, who endowed the College when it needed bailing out and had it named after him. Y John and Denny Kellner Palmer took a 10-day trip in October to Rome, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Venice. The weather was “the best.” In March they visited San Francisco to help their son John’s three kids (11, 5, and 3) while his wife went to Italy. To celebrate their 50th anniversary in June they rented a house in Bermuda with their three kids and their spouses, and “it was WONDERFUL!” When not traveling, Denny stays busy at the Preble Street soup kitchen in Portland, golf in season, babysitting grandchildren, and working on the auction committee for the Community Schools at Opportunity Farm in Camden. Travelers to Maine—the Palmers would love to see you. Y Cathryn Cootner, while retired, is very much self-employed. For almost eight years she’s worked on an art educational website, Cathryn Cootner Art Forum. It’s a humongous project that was delayed by illness and a terribly bad fall. She is well again and is pleased to give tours of her large tribal art collection, mainly to museum people and private collectors. She began collecting in 1964 and is thrilled as an emerita curator of textiles to live in her own museum with 900 objects and textiles on display. To see photos of her art, e-mail her at email@example.com. Y Fred and Carol (Sanka) Sandquist Banister celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends, kids, and grandkids (great-grandkids couldn’t come). Sue Taylor, who was Carol’s maid of honor, joined them for the event. Y Tink Bachelder Weeks looks forward to a trip in February to Australia and New
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Maine’s Bilingual Education Dynamo | Grayce Hall Studley ’61 When Grayce Studley ’61 became director of bilingual ESL programs at the Portland, Maine, school system in 1983, five language groups were represented and she had six staff members. When she retired in 2003, 57 language groups were represented, and the Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs had more than 100 staff members. During that 20year span, Studley established Portland as one of the nation’s premier providers of all-encompassing services designed to ease the transition Grayce Hall Studley ’61 of students into a new culture and a new language. By combining wisdom and chutzpah, Studley developed a national reputation as a guru on matters related to multilingual and multicultural education. The facts and awards speak for themselves: • Studley secured $20 million from the U.S.
Zealand. With cataracts removed and two hip replacements, she is feeling like the bionic woman. Y Joan (Crowell ’60) and Skip Tolette enjoy retirement. After 52-plus years of marriage they are happy and having fun in Vero Beach, Fla., in the winter and in Thousand Islands, N.Y., in the summer. Joan still skis and plays tennis, while Skip does jigsaw puzzles. They play golf and walk the beaches in Vero and garden in the summer. They’re also active in several civic organizations. Their son Mark ’83 and his wife, Mary Lou (Waterman ’86), built a cottage on Vinalhaven in Maine, and Joan and Skip hope to visit and “drink butter” surrounded by lobster often. They have four grandchildren 13-17.
1960 Jane Holden Huerta firstname.lastname@example.org For the seventh time, Ken Nigro traveled to the Dominican Republic to help run a Red Sox kids camp. The 12 American and 12 Dominican kids worked on special projects and played ball at the Red Sox Dominican Academy. Y Bette and Dick Peterson are excited have new twin grandchildren. They help out from PA and from Rochester, Mass., in the summer. Dick recently retired, so they’ll travel to Croatia for a 10-day walking
Department of Education for funding programs related to all aspects of multicultural and multilingual education: instruction, curriculum development, staff development, parent involvement, and dissemination. • The Portland public schools earned the Academic Excellence designation from the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, Studley spent 10 years leading seminars and workshops at more than 100 replication sites around the country. • She made scores of presentations at state, regional, and national bilingual and ESL conferences. “When people learned I was from Portland, they assumed it was Portland, Maine, not Portland, Oregon, because of our reputation in the field,” she said. • She served as chair of the Maine advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In addition to overseeing a superb staff of bilingual specialists and language facilitators with backgrounds spanning the globe, Studley created innovative programs: films, folktale
trip along the Dalmatian coast. Y Eunice Bucholz Spooner continues her fantastic work as our “historian” with pictures at www.wymanhillgarden.org/colby1960/ colby1960.html. She needs pictures from others. Y John Vollmer celebrated his 75th birthday in April on their farm on the Bourbeuse River in Missouri. They hosted 20 Vollmers from all over the globe including John’s two brothers, two sons, and two grandchildren. The next day wife Diana’s family showed up, making 46 people celebrating. Pictures will be on our website. Y Sad news from Peg Jack Johnston that Peter “Mac” McFarlane died June 29. He went in for a hip operation in seemingly good health but died at home afterwards of an enlarged heart and blockage. A memorial was held Aug. 21 in Evergreen, Colo. Y Skip ’59 and Joan Crowell Tolette really enjoy retirement. After 52-plus years of marriage they’re having fun in Vero Beach, Fla., and Thousand Islands, N.Y. Joan still skis (Alta, Utah) and plays tennis, while Skip does jigsaw puzzles. They play golf, walk the beaches, and garden. Their son Mark ’83 and his wife, Mary Lou (Waterman ’86) built a cottage on Vinalhaven in Maine. Their four grandchildren range from 13 to 17. Y In May Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion. Judy stepped down as
sessions, songbooks, dances, art shows, parent newsletters, cultural bulletins, and on and on. She and her staff remained ever sensitive to the fact that students should be placed in mainstream classes on an individual basis based on their ability to speak, read, and write English. Moreover she stressed the importance of involving parents in their child’s education. “I urged parents to spend quality time with their children, which might involve reading to them in their native language.” Studley credits her success largely to her mother, who instilled an interest in other cultures, to her fantastic staff, and to her alma mater. “Colby prepared me very well to do what I did.” She notes that two of her German professors, Henry Schmidt and Phil Bither, were especially influential. Looking back Studley said, “I loved my job. You never knew what language was going to walk through the door on any given day. It’s important that we share what we know and how we live; we can all learn from each other.” —David Treadwell
chair of the Mount Ida board but serves on the presidential search committee and as chair of the development committee. Y Pete Cavari visited New England and spent 12 days with his good buddy Steve Curley. Steve has run the Red Auerbach basketball school for each of the past 18 summers at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. At their “Colby Day” this year Ed Marchetti, Jock Knowles, Phil Shea, Peter Leofanti ’62, and Jay Webster ’62 reunited over lunch. After the camp Phil treated Pete to a Red Sox game in field-level seats! Y Pat Sturges Aufdenberg visited her sister in February 2010 at their timeshare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She even did a zip-line expedition through the trees. She missed most of the foliage while concentrating on getting to and stopping at each of the 14 stations. It was an experience she probably won’t have again! She fell in love with the place and bought her own timeshare right on the Pacific. (It’s also available for rent.) Pat’s granddaughter, Emily, 9, is her pride and joy. Pat would love to hear more from her Colby friends. Y Jock and Pat Walker Knowles attended the first annual golf tournament in May put on by Colby football fans. They’re dealing with a serious medical situation with their daughter, Carolyn Knowles Clapp ’89. Callie keeps an online journal about her illness at www.caringbridge.org/visit/
baldisbeautiful/en. The journal reminds me of how fortunate we are to have Pat and Jock as friends. Y Kay White and her husband went to NH for antiquing and to MA and ME to see family, especially their two grandsons. Their garden is spectacular. Y After learning that Jo Deans Auchincloss died in May, I asked her good friend Susan Chamberlin Trauger for contact information for Jo’s family. Sue was shocked at the news after spending a week in Jo’s home in Charlotte, N.C., last October, when Jo appeared to be in amazingly good shape. Connecting with friends was Jo’s happiness these last few years. We’ll all miss her. Please contact me if you’d like the family’s contact information. Y More news is online at www.colby.edu/mag.
1961 Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira email@example.com Congratulations to the 77 classmates who attended the Class of 1961 50th reunion! Reconnection is wonderful—and what a joy to see classmates returning for the first time in 50 years. Bravo! Our four-day weekend kicked off Thursday with a spectacular sunny day at Seascape, Marjorie and David Tourangeau’s waterfront home in Falmouth Foreside. After a short drive
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alumni at large to Waterville and check-in at the alumni center, we gathered for our first campus event, a reception and barbecue at our home base, Foss Hall. Some of us were in the very place our Colby career began. Everyone marveled at the expanded dining room—the food as delicious as ever, with some newer “healthy” choices. And imagine—elevators! Something we could have used in September 1957. A bulletin board crowded with ’50s and ’60s memorabilia proved popular along with ubiquitous copies of the reunion book. Thanks to Betsy Perry Burke and Helen Johnson Knox for these. On Friday morning the hale and hardy participated with President Bro Adams in the Presidential Golf Tournament at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. It was widely reported that class president Bob Burke and wife Donna added star quality to the event. We were happy to participate in the parade of classes Saturday morning with our Colby Brick Award winners Carolyn (Webster ’60) and Ted Lockhart and Steve Chase. Thanks to all who contributed to our award-winning class gift! As always, the lobster bake and barbecue buffet enabled us to interact, as did our reception and gala dinner in Dana, where we were memorably serenaded by the Colby Eight. A big thanks to David Ziskind’s wife, Linda, for being our photographer. Please send photos to the Colby class page or to me for uploading. Thanks, too, to Mary Sawyer Durgin Bartlett for e-mailing great souvenir memories. Y Ron and Helen Johnson Knox “enjoyed seeing everyone at the reunion. We thought the whole weekend was a ‘hoot’ as they say in Maine.” Y Many others, including Peter Denman and Bob Di Napoli, were “so glad to attend after fifty years!” Please let us know what you thought of the weekend! Y Tom and Dorothy Boynton Kirkendall regret missing the 50th, but Dotty was recovering from a complicated knee replacement. They summered at their camp on North Pond, Belgrade Lakes, enjoying the occasional orchestral performance of the Atlantic Music Festival at Colby. Y This summer your correspondent and a group of friends and university colleagues traveled to Turkey for the reverse of my 2008 trip. After reunion I flew to Istanbul for a tour led by Latif Bolat, an internationally acclaimed Sufi musician. From Istanbul we flew to Bodrum and took a gulet (a wooden yacht) to Bozburun, exploring a small section of the Aegean coast. We hiked every day and snorkeled and kayaked off the gulet. The second week, a land tour, included visits to western Turkey sites: Kas, the Pamukkale Travertines, and Arykanda, one of the “hidden” archaeological sites in Lycia. After two weeks I flew back to Maine for director Bruce McInnes’s birthday, celebrated by his group, the Mastersingers USA, with con-
certs in Weld and Farmington. The final leg included a drive with my sister, Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64, to Warsaw, Ind., for a cousin’s wedding. In all, I was away from Hawai’i more than six weeks, a record length since moving to the Pacific in 1970. Y Congratulations to all the Colby couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year and next, including Bob and Jeanette Benn Anderson. Y We truly missed those unable to attend reunion, but hope for another mini-reunion soon.
Ettinger Tartak in an effort to convince her to join us at our 50th. Brenda spent a “girlie” weekend in Italy with her best friend recently, and in April took a group to Argentina. She went to the Republic of Georgia in September with some Georgian friends. Her son is in Iraq, having graduated as a Green Beret. She and husband Peter spend long weekends traveling through the beautiful state of Colorado, and she extends an invitation to visit her in Denver.
Beth Brown Turner ’63 completed her Ph.D. in theater studies at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, “Haunting Memories: Black Francophone Caribbean Women Playwrights and the Traumatic Slave Past,” was nominated for a prestigious award. Many Mayflower Hill returnees decided five years is too long to wait for our next gathering. Fortunately, Colby has planned well in advance for its bicentennial, in 2013. Check this column or the Colby alumni website for updates. Y Aloha!
1962 Patricia Farnham Russell Nancy MacKenzie Keating firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings Class of ’62! News is a little sparse this time, but thanks to those who responded. Ellie Tomlinson says, “There are only great things to be said about retirement and having no schedule, no set agenda.” She relates meeting friends and colleagues for lunch or dinner, reading a good book, or perhaps Skyping her friend in the Peace Corps in Mongolia. She plays squash, rides her bike, or takes a relaxing paddle in the kayak around the beautiful waters of Marblehead. She gardens and muses (as do a lot of us) about planting weeds so that “then maybe the flowers would take over.” She volunteers for the Pan Mass Challenge bike ride to raise money for cancer, of which every bit goes to Dana Farber. She ends with “life is good.” I agree Ellie, and thanks. Y Jean Gaffney Furuyama sold her dental practice last year and now works for the new owner three days a week. She does expert witness work on dental malpractice suits and is a member of the State Board of Dentistry Office of Professional Discipline. She and husband Yoshi will take a trip to Japan, to which they both are looking forward. Semiretirement is agreeing with Jean. Y Brenda Wrobleski Elwell has been in touch with Margot
Let’s go! Y Gail Macomber Cheeseman went swimming with whale sharks off Isla Holbox (north of Cancun), “where the Gulf of Mexico currents meet the Caribbean currents and trap tons of plankton that these gentle giants feed on.” Gail says there is no chance of being bitten by these sharks, because they can’t even swallow a fish—only tiny plankton! They plan to offer this adventure as one of their ecology safaris. Y Mike McCabe sends greetings and heartfelt thanks to the class for their response to the Colby Fund. We had a record 66-percent class participation, which Mike hopes is a prelude to an even more successful year for our 50th reunion. Speaking of which, Malcolm MacLean reminds us that the 50th will be here before we know it and he’s looking forward to it! Planning for the 50th is underway with a successful reunion committee meeting at Colby July 29, with Peter Leofanti, John McHale, John Chapman, Bill Chase, Hope Hutchins Benton, Judy Hoagland Bristol, Patch Jack Mosher, Jeanie Banks Vacco, Nancy Rowe Adams, Bruce Kingdon, Mike McCabe, and myself (Nancy MacKenzie Keating). With the invaluable help of the alumni office, Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, and Carolyn Kimberlin, there are plans afoot for a truly memorable weekend. It’s not too early to make your plans for May 31-June 3, 2012. And remember, the College foots the bill! Be looking for reminders coming your way in the next several months.
1963 Paule French email@example.com Reminiscing about Costa Rica, Al Carville
says, “When I think more about ziplining I realize my age may be increasing but perhaps not maturity!” Y Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase write that “life is good.” Y Don and Betsy Doe Norwat had a trip of a lifetime. They boarded a ship in Barcelona and sailed to ports in France, Italy, and Greece. Y Yours truly went to Jane Melanson Dahmen’s art opening at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Her work is absolutely stunning! Bonnie Potter, Joe Drummond ’64, and Bill Chapin ’59 were also there. In August Bonnie, Jane, and husband Joe will join Bill for a sailing trip to the Bay of Fundy. Y Ron and Bunny Read McEldowney had a fabulous safari in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Highlights were the multitude of healthy wildlife and flying in small planes to tented camps. Y Though retired from Earlham College, Howard Lamson is involved in Earlham’s Mexico program, including a program devoted to studying migration. Students work with local organizations that address immigration issues. “It has been an amazing experience.” Y Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson will be at their home on Deer Isle through November. They look forward to visits from family and friends before returning to Lexington, Mass. Pam Harris Holden ’66, Bryan Harrison Curd ’65, and Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin have all visited. Y A wonderful suggestion comes from Karen Forslund Falb to collect reminiscences of turning 70. Send me your stories for the next column. Their daughters took her and husband Peter to the Island Creek Oyster Bar restaurant in Cambridge to celebrate. Y Lillian Waugh helped Coral Crosman round up Class of ’63 gifts. Lillian won a yoga fitness challenge. Go to www.innerlifeyoga.com to see her! She’s also participating in CelloSpeak 2011 at Bryn Mawr as “Cello One” and referred to Mary Michelmore Ackerman-Hayes as a fellow cellist. Y John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds take their therapy dogs to two area nursing homes. The residents bake dog cookies for treats! Marsha volunteers at the local spay/neuter clinic at the Animal Welfare Society. Y 2013 will be a big year for Wayne and Mary Dexter Wagner when they attend Wayne’s 50th reunion at Gettysburg College, Mary’s 50th at Colby, and celebrate their 50th anniversary! They’ve traveled to Alaska, Florida, and the Cape and met Monte and Cindy Richmond Hopper. Y Congratulations to Beth Brown Turner for completing her Ph.D. in theater studies at the University of Georgia! Her dissertation, “Haunting Memories: Black Francophone Caribbean Women Playwrights and the Traumatic Slave Past,” was nominated for a prestigious award. Y Michael Archer, living in São Paulo, Brazil, since 1970,
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enjoys traveling and golfing after 33 years as an insurance broker. He and wife Ruth are doing well and invite visitors, “but advise in anticipation.” Y Chris and Midge Walton Holmes attended a farewell party for Silvia Calliet Bois Bonta. Silvia left for a two-year tour with the Peace Corps to teach in Ecuador. Y Allen and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard are traveling to Yellowstone and the Tetons and visiting grandsons. Rosemary’s serving as church organist, reading English history, and growing potatoes “in honor of our beloved state of Maine.” Y Ruth Pratley Madell’s big news is that her son is getting married Oct. 15! Y Tom Thomas and wife Patti had a wonderful trip to Spain. The highlight was a visit to the Mezquita in Cordoba. Y Whit Bond visited Colby with his daughter, Laura. They met Parker Beverage, Carleen Nelson, Sid Farr ’55, and Bro Adams. Whit is looking forward to our 50th!
1964 Sara Shaw Rhoades firstname.lastname@example.org Jan Young Stinson writes: I’m trying to not let the grass grow under my feet. Having just moved to Ponte Vedra, Fla., in December to be near one of my sons and his family, I’m now moving to Hershey, Pa., where he started a new job as director of resort sales for Hershey Resorts. My other son and family live in Hollis, Maine, where he is the training coordinator for Olympia Sports as well as appearing in local theatre productions. I’ve spent a lot of time driving the eastern seaboard—it’ll be nice to have both families within an eight-hour drive! Y Larry Dyhrberg: A French teenager spent a month with us, including four days in Montreal while Michelle did a French teachers’ conference. In Montreal we stayed with Allan Smith. After Chicago we’re driving to Madison, Wis., to see John Oaks. Y Jim Harris writes of a cold summer, which most of us cannot relate to. He’s been volunteering at the library and at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, which sponsored a four-day writers conference in August. Y Susan Woodward: For all the news of my life check out the latest at www.rv-adventuring. com/re-adventures-07152011.html. I’m really enjoying all these volunteering gigs and have seen some wonderful places. Y Martha Farrington Mayo: I’m finally totally retired. Time at our summer home on Squirrel Island is now punctuated by visits from our grandchildren (and their parents). Even though we all live in Bath, Maine, life is different on the island, and I love to see my grandchildren enjoy the beaches, walkways, boats, and woods—and making friends with other generations of islanders. I directed
another variety show in April. It was the best ever, but it may be time to quit while I’m ahead. The last act before the finale is a tambourine act, which is a showstopper. I’m willing to bring my tambourines to our 50th. I need 8 to 12 people willing to be taught (if you can count to eight repetitively, you’re in). If you’re curious, check out “2005 Tambo Line” at YouTube. Y Gloria Shepherd: I had a fabulous time at the Joseph Peller “Painting the Vineyards” workshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, in June. We painted and enjoyed gourmet lunch and wine. Y Bob Drewes: Robbie and I moved to Park City, Utah, and our vacation home has become our primary residence. I’m working on some start-ups. Y Jonathan Allen: I’m semiretired but continue to do consulting gigs as RF Electronics Consulting, serving mainly the solar photovoltaic (solar cell) industry in its R&D programs. I’ve given talks and written about energy and climate change. My wife, Shirley, is now retired, and we’ll celebrate 40 years of marriage this year. Our daughter, Laura, 27, is in graduate school pursuing a dual degree leading to a Wharton M.B.A. and an M.A. at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She wants to work in financing renewable energy in developing countries. We’re all luckily in good health and doing quite well. Y Barbie Carr Howson: In April Susan Ellsworth, Margaret Mattraw Dodge, Joan McGhee Ames, Suzy Noyes Mague, and I “did” New Orleans for a “tween-reunion.” Suzy, having lived there nearly 45 years, was our hostess
1965 Dick Bankart email@example.com Retirements (3), reunions (3), unions (1)—not a bad scorecard! Y Now that the class is mostly retired from the rat race, we are enjoying newfound travel fun and connecting like crazy with folks from our earlier lives. Dave Hatch—50th high school reunion in Massachusetts last June. “Am loving the Florida lifestyle” Y Connie and Dave Fearon—50th high school reunion at Deering High in Portland. “Good practice for our 50th.” Dave is looking forward to “another cool T-shirt” from Chris Brown. Y John Bragg retired in November after 46 years in the family business started by his great-great-grandfather, N.W. Bragg, in 1854 as a supplier to blacksmiths. He plans to spend more time in Fort Myers with the grandchildren. Y Tim Cleghorn retired in August 2010 after 37 years with NASA at the Johnson Space Center. Since then he’s been teaching Aikido to small groups. Tom Donahue stopped by for a visit last February. “Nicest thing about being retired: not having to be anywhere at a set time.” Y Neil Clipsham is only “95 percent retired.” He now has time for the garden, travel with wife Jean, some volunteer work, lunch with old friends, and “answering requests for class news.” Y Lew Krinsky visited Colby in June to attend a tribute dinner for retired basketball coach Dick Whitmore. He spotted John Joseph, Earl Smith, and Carl Nelson at the event. Y Marnie Hale Fowler is busy
Jonathan Allen ’64 is semiretired but continues to do consulting gigs as RF Electronics Consulting, serving mainly the solar photovoltaic (solar cell) industry in its R&D programs.
and intrepid guide to all things culinary, musical, and historic. In between seeing gators in the swamp, Ellis Marsalis playing the piano, eating beignets, and moseying through the Garden District, we caught up on each other’s lives and vowed to do it again! Y Alan Cohen ’63 responded to my query as to the whereabouts of Steve Goldberg, AKA Krow. Steve moved to Australia 30 years ago to teach high school. He married and had two children there. Alan reports that Steve died of lung cancer about 10 years ago. Alan, who was friends with Steve before Colby, recalls that Steve was the only person he knew to get an “A” in freshman English.
with grandmother activities in Belfast and at their summer lakeside home in Norcross, Maine. Marnie reports “rollicking visits in Portland with Rhoda Goldstein Freeman and Tina Moore Miller—yes wine was involved. Thus goeth retirement.” Y Nancy Godley Wilson has been involved in theatrical activities on Deer Isle and connected with the Shakespeare in Stonington festival at the opera house—costumes, receptions, etc. Nancy recounted a nice lunch visit in East Blue Hill with Pam Harris Holden ’66 and Bryan Harrison Curd (see page 44 of Colby summer issue for news of Bryan’s new book). Y Nick Locsin and his wife,
Sue (Cook ’67), continue with volunteer work at Maine Maritime Museum. Nick teaches boatbuilding while Sue archives boat blueprints. They, too, are in the grandparent business and do “boating/ fishing on the Kennebec, Sasanoa, and Damariscotta rivers.” The Locsins were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May and are off to Spain this fall. Y Colby Professor of Sociology Tom Morrione was featured in the Colby summer issue you received last July. The article recounts his innovative approach to teaching about philanthropy management. In addition, his wife, Nancy (Ryen), continues in the Colby admissions office as associate dean. Y Our UNION was reported by Jay Gronlund, with the happy news of daughter Melissa’s wedding last May. Helping to celebrate were Rich and Gail Crosby Davis ’58 and Charlie ’63 and Pam Plumb Carey. Y I conclude with the sad news that Matt Riddell lost his wife, Jemmie (Michener ’66), after a long battle with ALS. Our sympathies and condolences go out to you. She was 66, which is too young. Y Hail, Colby, Hail.
1966 Meg Fallon Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org Classmates came from far and near, but Peter Grabosky of Deakin, Australia, came the farthest to attend our 45th reunion in early June. Peter enjoyed himself enough to state unequivocally that he’ll be back in 2016 for our 50th. Y Ed Phillips attended just the Thursday night ferry trip and dinner on Great Diamond Island but has vowed that he will attend the whole weekend of events for our 50th. Y In many ways the 45th felt like a warm-up for The Big One in 2016. Ideas were generated, several classmates offered help with the planning, and Fran Finizio, the newly elected class president, vows to keep the momentum going. Some 45th highlights: Linda O’Connor McDonough’s beautiful floral arrangements that filled our class headquarters; the announcement of reunion class gifts to the College, our class’s being one of the largest (with thanks to Gary Knight and his committee for their fundraising efforts); Professor John “Daisy” Carvellas’s lively lecture on the role of the housing crisis in the current economic recession, appropriately followed by Linda O’Connor McDonough’s serene and restful anti-stress workshop that returned our blood pressure to normal levels; Reverend Barry Clark Hews’s beautiful blessing before our Saturday night dinner; the minimally rehearsed but bravely performed ditty sung at dinner by Five Sixties Chix, alias Sue Turner, Britt Carlson Anderson, Meg Fallon Wheeler, Barry Clark Hews, and
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alumni at large Beth Adams Keene; the well-deserved recognition of the reunion planning committee members with special thanks to retiring class president Stan Marchut, who did a fabulous job of leading us up to and through our 45th; the Colby campus, looking so beautiful, astounding us with its new buildings and big trees. But I suspect all would agree that reunions are really about friendships old, new, and rediscovered, second chances to connect with those with whom we walked the same pathways many years ago. Hail, Colby, Hail! Y We missed seeing Bill and Ruth Loker Ingham on campus in June and were saddened to learn that Ruth’s breast cancer treatments were preventing them from traveling. The good news is that the outlook is excellent and they definitely plan to be at the 50th. Ruth writes, “For all who have walked this road themselves or with loved ones, I cannot recommend enough a book called Anticancer: A New Way of Life. It has given me fresh energy and a sense of power over the rest of my life.” Thank you, Ruth. Y Those of you who saw Elena and Peter Anderson at reunion will be interested to know that they have remarried since then. When it came time to put the deed to their new Buenos Aires apartment in both their names they learned it would be necessary to get their U.S. marriage certificate translated, copied, notarized, and forwarded to Argentina—a cumbersome three-month process. Instead, they decided to just get married again—to each other!— in Buenos Aires. Congrats to the newly-reweds! Y Janet Brooks retired from her job at a Portland, Maine, law firm in June and relocated to Iowa City, where she went to graduate school right after Colby—a big life change that felt both exciting and scary. She wrote, “If I don’t do this, it becomes the road not taken, and I know I don’t want that.” Y Susan Footer Hummer wrote from England, where she and her husband, Jim, have lived for more than a year while Jim works at a nuclear power plant an hour out of London by train. They get back to their Bath, Maine, home and Christmas tree farm to prune the trees and enjoy the December cut-your-own weekends. Y It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of a dear classmate and beautiful friend Jemmie Michener Riddell, who died of ALS June 30. We send our sympathy to Jemmie’s husband, Matt ’65, and to all her family.
1967 Bob Gracia Judy Gerrie Heine email@example.com We received a lovely letter from Linda Allen Vaughn that reads, in part, “My husband, Jim Vaughn, passed away last October.
60s newsmakers Maine Supreme Court Justice Joe Jabar ’68 was at Fenway Park July 29, but not in the stands; Jabar was honorary captain for the East squad at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. While in college Jabar pitched in the Cape Cod League, earning a league title in 1967. Jabar was the league’s outstanding pitcher in 1966 and 1967 and was inducted to the its Hall of Fame in 2003. “Those were some of the best years of my life,” Jabar told the Morning Sentinel. Joe Jabar ’68
While I appreciated Colby publishing his obituary, I want people know more about the man he was and why it’s important to tell a piece of his story, because his Colby brothers and friends meant the world to him. It seems to me that the experiences and the relationships at Colby defined us and molded our futures, as much as the education prepared us for it. “Duck” was his nickname, a name that followed him from Summit (N.J.) High School, where he was lowered from the rafters as the duck in the Groucho Marx show with the secret word “paleontology” for his Latin class skit. Jim became “Duck” and Duck was a Lambda Chi Alpha. I’m sure his fraternity brothers and others have memories from 1963 to 1967 of Duck: he held the world record for reciting the superman mantra (faster than a speeding bullet), was the drummer in the house band, and president of the Newman Club (he bought doughnuts for meetings). He played IFL sports and loved basketball, a passion he passed on to his grandchildren. He hated geology and the Hotel Cassini, loved sleeping the ramps. He even loved snow coming in the dormitory windows and door, he loved the snoring (many offenders), he loved boulders being thrown out the second floor balcony (one unnamed but well-known offender). Duck was bitterly disappointed when the Greek system was abolished. Brothers from Lambda Chi were in Duck’s memory for more than 45 years and he loved and missed them all.” Thank you, Linda, for sharing. Y Sandy Miller lives between her home in Milton, Mass., where she runs her business, and Florida, where she cares for her father. When she has time, Sandy researches family facts. One new fact: she has a new granddaughter, Molly. Y Jim Katz plans to keep teaching as long as he enjoys instructing his students. By all indications, that’ll be a very long time. Y Mike and Pam Cooper Picher expected the births of two grandchildren, one in August and one in September. They enjoy life in Ottawa and in their cottage on Georgian Bay. On an interesting note, Pat and Tif Crowell were in Canada biking and decided to look
up Mike and Pam, but, as luck would have it, Pam and Mike were on Cape Cod at that time. Nonetheless Tif and Pat completed their 370-mile trip. Y Mike Thoma works as a consultant and rides his Morgan horse in his free time. After Mike leads his horse to the feedbag, he takes up the pots and pans and cooks for his wife, kids, and friends. Y Sookie Weymouth retired and has spent time traveling with her husband. When home in Maine, Sookie volunteers with a group studying invasive species of aquatic plants and socializing animals. While at a library sale near her home, she met, unexpectedly, Muffy Place Ireland, a friend she met in 1963 on Mayflower Hill when they wore blue beanies. Y Joyce Henckler serves as chief development officer of the University of Central Florida, the second-largest metropolitan university in the country. Joyce finds time to travel and this spring, with husband Don, visited the Mediterranean, where they thoroughly enjoyed the countryside and the rich history of the region. Y Jim Eisenberg has been a practicing radiologist for the last 30 years. He began his medical career in surgery and then did a second residency in radiology. Jim and his wife, Tova, have three children. When work schedules allow Jim and Tova travel and often escape to their retreat on the shore of Lake Michigan.
1968 Peter Jost firstname.lastname@example.org Glenna White Crawforth writes: Like many in the Class of ’68, my current focus is RETIREMENT. I’ll be leaving the Boise Police Department, where I’ve been the director of volunteer and internship programs for more than 11 years. Great job, but I’m so ready to retire. To prepare for our leisure time, my husband and I built a house on the Oregon coast for summers and a condo in Palm Springs for winters; Idaho is the perfect place to spend spring and fall. We also got a travel trailer, so we’ll explore the U.S. and Canada too. With three grown kids but no
grandchildren, we’re spending our money on us! Y Hope Jahn writes: I continue to sing with Sounds of the Seacoast Barbershop Women’s chorus. We came in first in an area contest in 2011 and second in an international contest in 2010. We perform several times a year at various venues and have two annual shows. Joy of my life, it is. Y Al Gray (aka “Hootie”) attended his son Chris’s wedding in Danbury, Conn. Chris, 28, works for Bearingstar Insurance Agency. His wife, Kara, teaches in New Milford, Conn. Wonderful weekend with family and close friends. Al writes: Chris is the first of our three children to get married. Oldest daughter Erin, 31, came home from Berkeley, Calif., for the festivities. She’ll soon be a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in California about eight years. Youngest daughter Julie, 22, works at The Learning Experience (daycare center) in Concord, Mass., and lives in Lowell. My wife, Donna, and I have been married for 33 years and live in Concord, Mass. In 1988 I started my own insurance consulting firm, Alan Gray, Inc. based in Boston. We now have about 65 full-time employees and work primarily for insurance companies in the commercial claims and litigation areas. Donna also works at the company in accounting. Would love to connect with alums in the area. Y Rick Moriarty says: I still work at UMass medical school but have cut down my schedule. We love grand-parenting! My wife and I had an adventure last January when we started out on our dream vacation to see the pyramids and cruise down the Nile. Unfortunately, we got caught in the revolution and were evacuated after our camel ride and visit to the sphinx—what an experience. We were evacuated to Athens and spent several wonderful days there. We hope our next trip will be less stressful—might try Libya or North Korea. Y Barbara Brown writes: I have retired from my special education director position and am looking forward to a relaxed future. I’ve been interested in writing a novel for some time and hope to get started on completing one this fall. My golf game has been my primary interest this summer. It’s now or never if I don’t improve soon. I had a video of my swing taken and that was interesting! I stay busy with my three grandchildren in Idaho and visit as much as possible the two in Carlsbad, Calif. Idaho is a long way from Colby, so I rarely see anyone from the days on Mayflower Hill. It would be great to hear from anyone who ventures this way. Y Bob Kulp’s wife, Margaret, died in June. Our condolences to Bob.
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At press time, Colby learned that R. Mark Benbow, who taught English at Colby for 40 years, retiring in 1990, died Oct. 18 at 86. An imposing presence, never more than when teaching Shakespeare, Benbow is remembered for his insistence that students should be challenged to go beyond their known limits. The U.S. Navy veteran snapped students to attention when he strode into the classroom, enthralled them with his knowledge of Shakespeare, and often handed them their first “C.” A report of the news on Colby’s Facebook page, prompted a flurry of tributes and remembrances. (See letters, P. 4.)
I hope everyone had a great summer! I had the good fortune to connect with Gary Austin. Gary was in Maine to participate in the three-day Trek Across Maine bike ride for the American Lung Association. He just finished his fourth year of retirement and says he stays busier than ever. He volunteers at a historic preservation site near Annapolis, Md., where they’re constructing an 18th-century carpenter’s shop using the hand tools of the period. He also volunteers at the VA hospital in Baltimore. Gary says, “When we’re in town, I work as a starter at a golf course—gets me free golf!” He and his wife, Judy, took a 30-day trip to Southeast Asia, traveling from China to Bali. After a family reunion in Maine in August, they took a trip up the Maine coast into NB, PEI, and NS. Y Bonnie Allen Rotenberg ran into Mike Mooney and Tom McBrierty while taking a morning walk at her summer home in Christmas Cove, Maine. Tom was there helping Mike with renovations to his new waterfront summer home. Y Teri and Don Caouette enjoyed a two-week vacation to London, Paris, and Geneva, where they
joined up with their son, Brian. Except for getting pick-pocketed in Paris, Don says it was a great trip! Don and Teri spend a lot of time at their daughter’s home in Framingham, Mass., enjoying their new grandson, Jackson. Y Chris Christensen and the Merrimack, N.H., Rotary club finished rebuilding Kids Kove, a local playground featuring a 2,000-square-foot overhead “sail” that will provide shelter from sun and rain. The project was town-wide: kids provided design ideas, and the Rotary contributed 3,800 man hours to do the building over five days. His summer plans called for lots of time at the lake with grandchildren Clara, 3, and Caden, 1. Y Sue Magdefrau Werkhoven continues to teach and tutor part time but managed to get in some beach time this summer. She announces the arrival of a new granddaughter, Alexis Rose Werkhoven, born July 11. Y In July Robbie Kent English completed a move from New Jersey to Providence, R.I., to be closer to her daughter and family. She’ll write more when she’s unpacked. Y Jane Chandler Carney spent two great months
at Sugarloaf before reluctantly leaving the mountain’s beautiful snow in time to catch the last of the cherry blossoms back in DC. Jane says, “We could not miss the second birthday of our younger grandson.” Y Tom Wright recently saw Eddie Woodin and his wife, who brought Tom up to date on our last reunion and the Colby-Bowdoin football party. Tom’s son Doug, assistant editor at Conde Nast Traveler, published his first novel, Pendulum Rift, under the pen name Virgil Blackwell. It’s a fantasy adventure about three friends in their own subconscious worlds meeting up and saving each other. His daughter is visiting center manager at Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury, Vt., and his oldest son is a third year M.D. resident at Yale. Tom still enjoys Sugarloaf and Tuckerman’s Ravine (this year the chute and right gully). Last winter he met the three Colby alpine ski racers at the NCAA Championships at Stowe, and he says he continues to gate keep at top national alpine races. Tom still enjoys tennis, skiing, windsurfing, and competing in triathlons. He sends his best to all our classmates. Eddie reminds everyone of the Bowdoin-Colby football game tailgate party Nov. 12 in Brunswick. Please plan on attending!
1970 Libby Brown Strough firstname.lastname@example.org After nearly 40 years Ben Kravitz sold his tire distribution business and retired at the beginning of the year. Although he enjoys traveling, most recently in Israel and South Africa, and playing a lot of golf, he finds retirement a bit too sedentary and he’s looking for some new challenges. Y Jane Stinchfield Knapp is a member of the Maine Legislature. As a state representative, she attended a three-day educational tour in July of potato growers and potato processing in Aroostook County. Y I heard again from Norma Rivero de Biermeyer. She, her husband, and daughters still live in Caracas, Venezuela. They have no grandchildren, only two golden retrievers, Ringo and Marley. Norma volunteers as secretary on the board of a VAAUW organization called the International Association of University Women. It used to be primarily English-speaking American women in the 1960s, but now it’s extremely international and sometimes predominantly Spanish speaking. Norma loves to work in her garden and likes to think of herself as an untrained tropical landscape gardener. Y Sue Doten Greenberg has accepted the role of head class agent so that Pat Gerrior doesn’t have to fill that role as well as class president. Sue and Larry ’69 often
meet up with Carol Lewis Jennings and Lori Gill-Pazaris in either Boston, NY, or Hartford, their current hometowns. Sue and Larry recently acquired a condo in Seattle so they have a place to call their own when they visit their children, who live in Seattle. Classmates are invited to connect with her on Facebook to let her know when they’re in Seattle (or NY). They’re easing into retirement and could use suggestions for how to spend their newly found leisure time. Y I ran into Steve ’69 and Debbie Williams Anderson in August at the hardware store in Wolfeboro, N.H. Debbie retired as a school administrator last year and Steve has just retired. They have five grandchildren and live in Melrose, Mass. Y As of this writing, Bob and I are spending some relaxation time in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. Our son and his family join us whenever they can. I hope that everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to the holidays. Best to all from Libby.
1971 Ann E. Miller email@example.com Wouldn’t you like to know how much fun we had at our 40th reunion? None of us can understand how it can be this many years, but we out-danced a lot of underclassmen and had a blast in the process. There were about 50 to 60 of us there and it was wonderful. We owe a huge thank you to Linda and Dave Williams, who made sure we had a good time! Y Pat Trow Parent said it’s always such a good feeling to return “to the place where you are forever 17.” Amen. Inspired by the wedding of Debbie Messer Zlatin’s daughter, Pat has decided to recreate herself as a justice of the peace. Y Leslie Anderson had one of her paintings licensed by Trader Joe’s for use as a greeting card. The painting, “Last Night at the Lake,” was inspired by Debbie Messer Zlatin’s camp. Look for her card in September in the “friendship” category at Trader Joe’s. Y (Debbie has been busy inspiring people.) Y After a difficult year Chip Altholz’s wife, Linda, has recovered well from a couple of serious health issues. He admires her strength, faith, and courage. Chip only needs another few million dollars to get his nine-year project of a youth-oriented Internet start-up company launched. He misses Jim Peterson and Dave Nelson. Y Richard Beaty, although he didn’t graduate with us, has had an interesting life as a ski instructor, real estate developer, homebuilder, and stockbroker. Through it all, he’s been a scientologist and is married with three children. He has fond memories of “those early years.” Y Tom Gallant and his wife, Suzanne, were
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Voyage of Discovery | Stephen Orlov ’71 When Isolated Incident, the play Stephen Orlov ’71 co-wrote, garnered the Special Juror’s Prize at the 1989 Quebec Drama Festival, he had only just “discovered” theater the year before. Since then he’s written five more plays that have gained worldwide attention, he continues to work on a novel based in Cambodia, and he has taught film analysis courses on political cinema, American foreign policy, and Chinese politics at John Abbott College in Montreal. Before embarking on his career in theater, Orlov earned a master’s in political science at McGill University, reported on wars and uprisings in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines as a freelancer, and settled in Montreal. Yet the social issues that drove Orlov as an economics major and leader of Colby’s anti-Vietnam War protests continue to drive him today. “I get pregnant with social issues I have to address,” Orlov said from North Rustico Harbour, his summer writing location on Prince Edward Island. “And somehow I give birth to them. Whether it’s in the classroom, the stage, or in print, still the same motivation is there.” “What’s different about playwriting is the process is so liberating,” he added. “Because, as a journalist, you have to present a veneer of objectivity as you bear witness to events. As a playwright, you have to express the inner emotions that you hold for your characters, and that process, for me, is so much more creative.” Orlov’s treatment of serious social issues
at reunion and had a wonderful time. They were busy attending weddings this summer and Tom gallivanted around the Michigan countryside on his motorcycle. Y Due to a family commitment, Elaine Weeks Trueblood wasn’t able to come to reunion. She continues to work for JP Morgan Chase, but looks forward to making travel plans for her retirement. Y The 100-year flood kept Ruth Moore Barningham more than a little busy earlier this year with repairs to her cottage on Lake Champlain. She’s in touch with Christa Mc Carter Kaufman. Ruth is still the office manager at her husband’s animal hospital. Y From Alaska, Mike Round writes that the salmon business is thriving. His kids have flown the coop and he’s busy with backyard projects. Kathy Parmelee Chambers reminded him about reunion, but she wasn’t there either! Y Jon Stone and Larry Boris spent time together in Las Vegas
Stephen Orlov ’71 and his wife, Karen Kaderavek
sparks audiences both within Quebec and in theaters around the world. His allegorical comedy, Freeze, sold out the Montreal Centaur Theater with its treatment of Quebec’s 1998 ice storm as metaphor for calmer, post-separatist times in the francophone province. His first in a trilogy of Jewish Diaspora plays, Salaam-Shalom, opened at Chicago’s Organic Theater Company and was show-
earlier this year. Jon welcomed his fourth grandchild in June and reports that she looks like a good candidate for the WNBA. Y For those of you following the path of Bill Hladky’s son, he is safely within the walls of Cal Poly majoring in computer engineering. Bill is rearranging his nest, learning Skype, training to be his son’s advisor to be his own president, and working on the appropriation committee of this Congress. Y In her first summer off ever, Nancy Hammar Austin took a trip to Iceland to soak in the Blue Lagoon, hike to lots of waterfalls, and ride little horses on the beach. Coincidentally, her travel companion is a work colleague of Nancy Neckes Dumart. It reminded us of journeys through Iceland on turboprop planes en route to Europe back in the old days. Y This summer took me to Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, and Armenia singing. Y Congratulations to Linda Wallace, our
cased in the Chicago Dramatist workshop. The second play in the trilogy, Sperm Count, opened to critical acclaim at London’s Old Red Lion Theater, where it was directed by Julia Pascal, the first woman to direct at England’s National Theater. Thanks to his international success, Orlov recently received a Canada Council writing grant to write Sperm Count’s sequel, Birthmark. Yet Orlov gets most excited over his collaboration with his wife, Karen Kaderavek, an internationally acclaimed cellist and writer. Their most recent work, Bow Ties, dramatizes a chance encounter between a male stranger and woman cellist who only speaks through her cello. “It’s a true dialogue through words and music and not an accompaniment at all,” Orlov said of the work, which the couple first presented this spring in Montreal. Orlov’s years working in Asia continue to inspire him. His first, and as-yet unpublished, novel draws on his journalistic experience covering Vietnam’s 1979 invasion of Cambodia, where he trekked through jungles on elephant-back and interviewed senior Khmer Rouge officials such as Ta Mok. Echoes of his past at Colby help him to feel more at home in Canada. “The first time that I emotionally felt like a Canadian, more of a Canadian than an American, was when Jean Chrétien chose to keep Canada out of the war in Iraq,” Orlov said. “A million people in Montreal demonstrated before he made that decision.” —Drew Bush ’03
new class president. If the energy and enthusiasm she showed at reunion is any indication, we’re in for a rousing good time! Y Wishing you all well.
1972 Nancy Round Haley firstname.lastname@example.org April Nelson McKay, Chris and Deb Trescott Pinkham, Sarah Lucy, and Judy “JB” Berringer Vanzon got together in February in San Diego, where Sarah lives and where Chris went for a bankers’ association convention. JB flew in from Florida and visited April in Venice, Calif., before they drove to San Diego. April says, “It was just amazing. I hadn’t seen Sarah in 39 years, and quite a few years since I saw Chris and Deb, but it felt like yesterday. Some connections transcend time.” It was a super
mini-reunion, a small practice for the big one next year. (Yes!) Y Kathy Muhlhausen McIntyre teaches ESL (29 years) at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City and is married to Ross McIntyre (23 years). Their daughter, Mary, finished her sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara, and she and Kathy traveled in Italy and France this summer. It’s been almost 30 years since Kathy spent time in Europe. “Oh, the changes! Euros, Internet, ATMs, cell phones—so different from my junior year in Caen.” Following in Kathy’s footsteps, Mary will spend a term of her junior year at University of Bordeaux studying biology. In May Kathy and her husband fulfilled a longtime dream and spent 18 days rafting through the Grand Canyon. Utah had incredible snow last winter, which meant lots of backcountry skiing through June. “Life keeps us busy! Greetings to all, and
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anyone passing through Utah please get in touch.” Y Alice Osmer Olson still teaches second grade at the Winthrop (Maine) Grade School and also serves as Town of Mt. Vernon librarian. Their little town library is being automated this year with an online catalog. She still loves gardening, hiking, biking, and kayaking in the summer. Last April Alice took a trip with Louise Nurdin Sidelinger to walk some of the SW Coastal trail in England. This summer she planned a trip to Costa Rica with her husband. Y Cindy Jevne Buck relayed the sad news that her husband of 17 years, Robert, passed away Oct. 8, 2009, from colon cancer. He was ill for only five weeks and died after a wonderful summer together. Since then she’s been with her mother in her hometown of Norwell, Mass. “It’s been a joy to be back in New England, but I plan to return to Fairfield, Iowa, to live long term. Friends can reach me at email@example.com.” Y Donna Power Stowe is still deeply engaged in education reform work in the District of Columbia and surrounding metro area—challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. She stays in close touch with Cathie Joslyn and Debbie Christensen Stewart, who she’ll see when Debbie stops in DC on her way to South Carolina to take her youngest for his first year of college. Donna planned to see Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar on a trip to Maine in August, and she has reconnected with Jeff Lawrence, who works in DC and lives in the area. As class agent, Donna writes, “Thanks to all in the Class of 1972 who contributed to Colby this year. While we fell short of our total donation goal by about $10,000, we exceeded our participation goal of 46 percent. Our participation goal was of primary importance, so this is great news! Next spring marks our 40th reunion, June 1-3, 2012. I hope all of you are thinking about attending and that most of you can come. Anyone who wants to be involved in reunion planning just let me know.” Y Okay, so we have heard from some Colby women, where is the news from the men? Let’s get fired up for our 40th reunion in June 2012. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there!
1973 Carol Chalker firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Rinaldi was in Florida for the summer and, when back at home in Mississippi, spends his days “running/ruining his newspapers and playing soccer.” Y Nour Nahawi and his family moved from Tunis to Algeria. He’s still in banking but hopefully getting closer to retirement. Oldest son Hani graduated from Concordia in Montreal; second son Sami is a junior at
the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and youngest son is at American University this fall. He welcomes hearing from Colby grads in North Africa or at 21-377-060-0800. Y Gay Quimby Auerbach was so happy catch up with her friend Roger Sherman when Roger and his wife, Shauna, stopped by Gay and husband Alan’s home in Berkeley, Calif. Roger practices law in Boston and plays doubles tennis “assiduously and victoriously.” Gay admired Roger’s “marathon-running agelessness.” Gay and Alan (professor of economics) travel a lot and try to manage semesters at NYC to visit grandsons. Both of Gay’s sons are gainfully employed, and her youngest is her favorite book-sharing buddy. Gay spends her time painting, drawing, and working fabric. Y The Lambda Chi’s have spent many joyous days together since the last column. Alex Wilson reports that the ’73 Chopper Confab took place in Portsmouth, N.H. All but four of the LCA Class of ’73 were present for the communal observance and celebration of their 60th birthday year. In attendance were Dick Beverage, Lloyd Benson, Brian Cone, Gary Fitts, Steve Jasinski, John Krasnavage, Bob Landsvik, Duncan Leith, Joe Mattos, Bob O’Neill, Phil Ricci, and Alex himself. Missing were Doug Williams, Peter Card, and Bruce Smith. Missed by all brothers was Luke Kimball, who passed away in 2004. Also in attendance were Class of ’71 brothers Ron Lupton and Ken Bigelow as well as LCA spouses Barb Jasinski, Jennifer Leith, and Linda Kimball. The LCA’s gathered a second time for their 33rd Fourth of July vacation on the Belgrade Lakes. Y Bruce Smith missed the Chopper reunion to stay at home in Texas with his family as they faced an illness with his grandson. He hopes to retire in five years from his vested position in Texas. We hope you are able to make it to our 40th reunion, Bruce. Y After a couple of years in New York, Bob Diamond relocated to London in January upon his appointment as chief executive of Barclays PLC. He’s still heavily involved in Colby as chair of the board of trustees and regularly visits Waterville for board meetings and commencement in May. He notes Colby has strong momentum and is in the process of making strategic decisions to strengthen its position as a leading liberal arts college. He asks for further alumni interest and support and looks forward to the bicentennial and reunion in 2013. Y Lisa Kehler Bubar described the second floor Dana girls’ reunion this summer. Chris Mattern Way, Debbie Mael Mandino, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa, and I (Carol Chalker) met in Boston in June to celebrate our collective 60th birthdays and our 42 years of friendship. We caught
up on news, played bridge (of course!), visited the Chihuly exhibit at the Boston MFA (fantastic!), and toasted our next decade at a fabulous South End restaurant called Stella (highly recommended!). Actually Lisa, if you recall, we toasted our next THREE decades.
1974 Vicki Parker Kozak Jill Gilpatric Richard email@example.com Vicki and I are putting together this column while sitting in her camp on Parker Pond in Fayette, Maine, listening to the rain from a passing thunderstorm drum on the roof. We didn’t get much response to our request for news, which is understandable since it is summer. Here are some odds and ends. Y We occasionally receive pictures of classmates, which are fun to look at but not easily shared in print. Bill “Bugsy” Callahan sent a picture of Mark O’Connell standing over several good-sized Maine lobsters. Mark, a Texas resident for the past 33 years, is a manager at a Houston consulting firm. Mark, anything else you’d like to share? Y Tim Glidden is starting a new adventure as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a land conservation organization that focuses on protecting Maine’s coast and islands while also working with land trusts throughout the state. It’s a dream job for Tim, who has spent his career working in Maine to safeguard the environment for future generations. Tim and
Nickerson Bowers sent an update from Hampton, Va. The last of their children is about to complete graduate school. Leslie has retired from teaching but plans to work somewhere part time, and Leo is working harder than he should, as usual. He says he’ll continue working at least until their daughter, Jessica Anne, finishes her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. They take long walks with their “grand-dog” and are avid movie enthusiasts. They hear regularly from James Glover. They understand that Keith Wilder is still in Miami, and think Omar Wynn is in Maryland and Kenny Melvin is in Portsmouth, Va. Hey guys, how about sending your news along? Y Our lifelong group of friends was thrilled to attend the wedding of Linda Krohn and Todd Lund in Apple Valley, Minn., in early July. The wedding was beautiful and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a new beginning for Linda and Todd. Those who rallied were: Joe ’72 and Martha Hamilton Benson, Jane Dutton, Debbie Wathen Finn, Janice Johnson Peterson ’73, Cathy Morris Killoran, Debbie Marden, Barb Powers ’73, Sonja Powers Schmanska, Sue Yovic Hoeller ’73, and, of course, Vicki and me, along with a few random husbands. We spent a long weekend catching up, laughing, crying, commiserating, exercising just a little, sampling Midwestern cuisine (love that walleye!), and helping Minnesota’s economy with visits to the Mall of America. Y Vicki wanted to share (read brag) that her younger son, John, graduated magna cum laude this spring from the S.I. Newhouse
Alex Wilson ’73 reports that the ’73 Chopper Confab took place in Portsmouth, N.H. All but four of the LCA Class of ’73 were present for the communal observance and celebration of their 60th birthday year.
his wife, Kathy (Lyon), live in Topsham, both of them within walking distance of work. Daughters Emma and Sophie have flown the nest, but Tim and Kathy wouldn’t mind if the kids stayed close. They recently had a lovely dinner with good friends Matt ’73 and Susan McBratney Powell in Scarborough, and they always look forward to crossing paths with other Colby friends. Y Rocky Goodhope, our frequent contributor from Washington, is “getting payback for all the years I yelled at refs as a participant and parent. Now the shoe is on the other foot and I’m taking abuse from high school kids and coaches while reffing lacrosse. I guess there is eventual justice.” Y Leo and Leslie
School at Syracuse University. John is off to Los Angeles to seek his fortune in the film industry. Coincidentally, Vicki’s older son, Michael, is also involved in the film business, specifically sound engineering, in New York City. Vicki is not handling the empty nest syndrome very well and would welcome any diversions or visitors “from away.”
1975 Laurie Fitts Loosigian Susie Gearhart Wuest firstname.lastname@example.org After living in the sunny south for 28 years, Celeste Keefe Wesner’s family is finally
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alumni at large putting a swimming pool in their Roswell, Ga., backyard. The pool company’s slogan is “live life with no regrets.” Celeste wishes they could have afforded this when the kids were younger, but maybe someday it will be a way to lure grandchildren to come visit. Celeste has taught at Roswell High School for 23 years and is a Spanish teacher and department head. Her husband is a ministry consultant with Walk Thru the Bible, an international outreach for Biblical studies. Daughter Marian graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a communications degree and works in post-production television editing in Atlanta. Son James will graduate next year as an audio engineering major from the Art Institute of Atlanta and is a certified bicycle mechanic with REI. Y Marty Womer’s elder law practice at the Maine Center for Elder Law is busy and recently moved to a better office in Kennebunk. In July Marty attended his 40th high school reunion in Connecticut. Y Another 40th high school reunion attendee was John Conant last June in Moorestown, N.J. He found it to actually be fun! He has stayed in touch with some Moorestown classmates, though not nearly as many as from Colby. Y John and Ann Gage Conant joined Virginia (Day ’74) and Roy Hardin and David Peck last summer for a week of whitewater rafting on the Salmon River, Idaho, followed by a week of RVing in Yellowstone. This was their first experience on whitewater for longer than an hour! Y Dave and Nan Weidmann Anderson are two thirds of the way through the 400-mile Colorado Trail. Their latest advice is to ditch those sweltering constrictive mummy bags and grab the cozy down comforter! Last June Nan ran the well-named “Slacker Half,” which was mostly downhill from 11,500 feet to 9,500 feet. Gravity does work! Y Stephanie Maull is excited about the launch of her new online business, Tastefully Simple (http://simplydelicious-gifts.com), which has joined in supporting the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Y Joe Johnson had a great time being part of the large turnout to honor Coach Dick Whitmore for his 40 years at Colby. Fellow classmates Brad Moore, Gene DeLorenzo, Bill Walthall, and Kevin Zorski joined him, in addition to good friends from the Class of 1976. “It was a fabulous 48 hours and a fitting tribute to a great man and leader.” Y Richard (Dick) Norwood and his family moved back to New England after 25 years in South Carolina. They live in Bourne, Mass., and are trying to make his grandparents’ summer cottage a year-round home. A genealogy buff for many years, Dick manages a Y-DNA project and a local geographical MtDNA project at Family Tree DNA online. His paternal side is
all of New England and Maritime Canada descent; after settling in Gloucester by 1663, his Norwood forefather and wife raised 10 children and became progenitors of all the New England Norwoods. Dick is also a descendant of Roger Conant, one of the founders of Lynn, Mass. Definitely an enthusiast, Dick explains how each generation is naturally connected to its own times, but how genealogical research allows us, through our own families, to feel more intimately connected to the times and generations that have gone before. Will Tuttle can trace his New England roots back to the Pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower in 1620 and the Puritans on the Planter in 1635. Y And on a lighter note, Liz Richards Julian’s grandmother, who was raised in Maine, had 15 brothers and sisters, producing 96 first cousins for her father, so Liz figures that somehow pretty much everyone in Maine is related to her!
1976 Robert Weinstein email@example.com Miss me last issue? I missed you too. But you need to send news to get news. Y First up are Sam and Karen Smith Gowan, who have a consulting company, Alpha Geoscience, near Albany. Sons Josh and Trevor have become geologists like Sam. Son Spencer works at a nearby fish farm after stints in the Bering Sea and Florida. Sam and Karen are excited to have a granddaughter, born last November. Sam was elected president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, which includes lots of travel (Karen joining him) to places like Budapest and Vancouver. Karen plays hockey twice a week and enjoys the camaraderie. Y Toby Bobbitt is a social worker in Amherst (Mass.) public schools. In July she went on a church-organized work trip to Honduras. She laughs that they wanted to put her Colby Spanish degree to use as the group’s main translator! Toby’s delighted to have close friend Diane Lockwood Wendorf back in New England; they already had a southern Maine rendezvous. Speaking of Diane, I had lunch with her on my way to reunion. We had a great time catching up! Y Melissa Day Vokey has been with Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, Mass., for eight years. She’s seven minutes from home, overlooking the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge marsh, to work, at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Melissa and husband Mark joyfully babysit for daughter Caroline’s two daughters. Son Nick is deputy art director at the New Yorker and in June married Amy McCormick, owner of AMYCLAIRE, a women’s wear company. Son Cam is in NYC
70s newsmakers Women’s rights activist Karen Heck ’74 is running for mayor of Waterville. A long-time Democrat, Heck is running as an independent, believing “voters want elected officials to work together regardless of their party,” the Morning Sentinel reported. Running with the slogan “Karen for Mayor? Heck, yes,” she pledged to facilitate “creative thinking and innovation” and to promote community building. F Ipswich (Mass.) Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Peter Gorniewicz ’75 to its 2011 class. A running back in high school and three-time MVP Colby, he earned the Swede Nelson Sportsman Award, was a two-time Golden Helmet Award winner, and was named All-New England Ellen Grant ’79 in 1973. F Ellen Grant ’79 is the first chief operating officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a marine research and education lab that has grown from 15 to 60 staff members since 2005. Formerly executive director at the Institute for Civic Leadership, she also served as consultant to The Nature Conservancy in Micronesia and the eastern Caribbean.
seeking his niche in theater/music/film. Y Dale Marie Crooks Golden McDonald is vice president of Torrey Pines Bank, a California community bank. She lives in Oakland with her husband and serves on the board of Covenant House. Their two daughters are in San Diego and San Francisco. She and Betsy Buckland came to reunion together and taught younger alums how it’s done on the dance floor. Y Jan Gorman is deciding what to do after retirement from the insurance industry—possibly a small business start-up for fun. But first she has to plan a wedding or two for her daughter, Court, a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton. Because Court is marrying a Brit, Jan’s thinking of both U.S. and U.K. versions of the wedding. Y Ron ’75 and Kathy Donohue Yeo have lived in New Mexico the last 26 years. They had a wonderful trip all over New Zealand last May, visiting their son, Peter, who was on an exchange program at the University of Otago. Peter was in Christchurch last February but fortunately was safely evacuated and not hurt following the earthquake there. Y Kate Cone had a great time at reunion and on the sail around Portland Harbor that kicked off the weekend. She’s lived in Waterville for three years and is looking for ways to reinvent an American studies major, law degree, and an M.F.A. in creative writing into a new job. She welcomes all ideas! Kate has discovered something not all Colby grads get to appreciate—the campus is beautiful in summer. Y Olen Kalkus is at Princeton (N.J.) Academy of the Sacred Heart, where he was founding head in 1999. The school has grown to 230 boys in grades JK–8 on an almost 50-acre campus with a new gym and a beautiful library. He and his wife, Kimberly, will celebrate their 25th anniversary in March. Just when his older
kids had grown, his daughter became a teenager and is now a freshman. Y Quick update from last column: Jim Morgan was elected president of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. Y Coming up next time: news from Ed Harvey, John Mulcahy, Eileen Dennett Burnell, and maybe you. Keep supporting the Colby Fund and help us maintain our fantastic 64-percent participation. Look for us on Facebook: Colby College Class of 1976. And YES, circle the first weekend of June 2016—you don’t want to miss our 40th!
1977 Kevin Farnham firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Lyons and Mark Richardson remind everyone that May 31-June 3, 2012, is our 35th reunion. Lots of great activities are already planned, but there’s still a lot of work to do. If you have suggestions or would like to help, contact Mark at mrichardson@ richardsonknapp.com. Most of all, plan to attend. The more of us who do, the more fun it will be for all! Y Evan Katz was chosen to be the first finance director for the brand new Ayer Shirley School District in Mass. Y Peter Cohn’s wife, Joanne, enjoys working her community garden and preparing vegetarian dishes. Their son, now in New York City, returned to school. Their daughter, a freshman, is doing an internship. Peter was displeased when his earth science class end-of-year Regents scores declined, despite his plans. Y Alan MacEwan visited Colby in July, dropping off his daughter Louisa for a rowing camping trip organized by the Colby crew coach. He found the campus as gorgeous as ever. Alan looks forward to an autumn mini-reunion in New Hampshire organized by Peter Clark
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’75 and promises a full post-event report. Y Iris Kennedy has a very big day planned for September: she’s getting married. Several Colby alums will be in attendance, including Ellen Geaney Scarponi ’78, Cheryl Doughty Sholl, Drew and Susan French Dubuque, Linda Lachapelle, and Zeynap Baler Toydemir (traveling from Istanbul). Congratulations, Iris! Y Richard Conant retired as planned from his position as environmental division director at the Navy’s sub base in Groton, Conn. He then traveled to New Mexico for two weeks of hiking 10-15 miles per day across mountains and plateaus with his youngest son’s Scout troop. Now he’s joining his eldest son, who’s hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, for the final 700-mile trek through New England. Next, he’ll pursue a teaching career. Y Jeff Sanderson provided a quick update from Addis Ababa: Pamela Landry Teichman is now working with the world’s newest nation (South Sudan); Awetu Simesso is still with USAID in Addis Ababa; Jeff himself is headed back to the DC area after more than four years as the country director for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT in Ethiopia. He’ll work in DELIVER’s home office and live in Alexandria, Va. Y Randy and Mary (Buffy) Shumaker Schreitmueller had great fun last October planning and attending their daughter Kate’s woodland wedding and overnight reception at the University of Rhode Island’s environmental education campus. Kate (UNH ’05) works for Droll Yankees in Connecticut. Randy travels internationally for FMGlobal, where he’s worked since graduating from Colby. He bicycles frequently, often participating in charity events. Mary was a research nurse at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, but she’s now seeking work due to research funding cuts. Their daughter
Norway, will be a freshman at Middlebury. They cross country ski with Bill and Chris McKeown Burry annually and recently had dinner with Chuck ’78 and Judy Cue Lukasik ’78. Y Jerrold and Ligia Campana Chadwick became grandparents with the birth of a daughter, Isabelle, to their son, Christopher, and his wife, Amanda. Their daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Warren, are also expecting their first child. Y Jon Reisman recently traveled to Wichita, Kan., at the invitation of the higher education arm of the Koch Foundation, for a seminar with 40 business and economic professors from across the U.S.
1978 Janet Santry Houser Lea Jackson Morrissey email@example.com L. A. King has lived in Sonoma, Calif., since 2007 and served as priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Reverend Dr. King preaches and celebrates at a number of congregations in the diocese. Recently one of her sermons was recorded and posted on the website of the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa. Y Back on the East Coast, Al Sheehy played in the annual Spring Old Farts Classic hockey tournament against Mike “Sleepy” Slavin. Al doesn’t recall recording a point in the game, but his team won in an overtime shoot out! Al plays hockey three times a week and comments that he still has stone hands and little scoring touch but enjoys the workouts tremendously. Al also bikes as much as he can, and thinks that innumerable back exercise sessions keep his sciatica under control. Al is a data analyst at MaineHealth—work is good, as are other aspects of his life. Al loves living
L. A. King ’78 has lived in Sonoma, Calif., since 2007 and served as priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Reverend Dr. King preaches and celebrates at a number of congregations in the diocese. Marthe (Auburn ’07) is an early intervention specialist in Houston providing services to children from birth to 3. Y Susan Woods and Peter Breu continue to stay busy in Manchester, N.H., with Peter focusing on Nordic skiing and Susan running her mergers and acquisition advisory firm. Their son, a junior at Middlebury, plans a Wall Street career. Their daughter, who took a year off to attend a Nordic skiing academy in
in the Portland area (26 years now) and plans to look for a new home in the area. Y After many years Larry Hill checked in from Old Greenwich, Conn., where he lives with his 16-year-old son, Harry (named after his grandfather: a self-imposed rhyme, as Larry says). Larry’s been divorced for five years and has found that Match has run its course. He’s partner in a small technology company that does Oracle-Hyperion
consulting and resells open-source business intelligence software. Larry spent a weekend this summer with John Geismar, part of an annual adventure with his son before he goes to Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, which is run by Henry Kennedy ’80. Last year Larry and Harry jet-skied on Lake Winnipesaukee and stayed with Nancy Hulm Jones. This year they flew in a Waco biplane replica like the one that did aerobatics over Colby for spring carnival 1978! They also camped in the White Mountains with John and his son, Brad. Harry and Brad are good friends and canoeing partners at Kieve. Y Donna Long Cummens owns and runs a tax and accounting business with her business partner on Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve been in business 15 years, and Donna is happy that Congress continues to change the tax laws! Her oldest daughter, Taryn, graduated with her pharmacy degree from Northeastern in May, passed her boards, and relocated to Washington, D.C., to work for Foer Pharmacy at Sibley Hospital. Her youngest daughter, Jessica, is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in architecture. Jessica studied in Florence last semester and Donna, her husband, Chuck, and Taryn visited for 10 days in April. Donna said it was a fabulous trip and now it’s summer on the Vineyard, so life is good! Y Jeff Wheeler sends a huge thank you to our class, which has always stepped up to a challenge. The few weeks leading up to June 30 were amazing. More than 75 classmates stepped up and participated to elevate us to a 55-percent participation level for the Colby Fund, surpassing our goal of 52 percent and raising $221,162, which beat our goal by $97,162. He also thanks our classmate for the tremendous matching gift challenge, which certainly inspired our results! GO MULES! Thanks to another classmate, our class now has a presence on Facebook. Check out Colby College Class of 1978—it’s a great way to connect, especially with reunion approaching. Hope everyone had a great summer. Please stay in touch!
1979 Cheri Bailey Powers firstname.lastname@example.org Jacie Cordes Hurd had a mini Colby reunion at her daughter Lydia’s wedding this summer. Jacie and Charles ’78 were the proud parents, Geoff Emanuel represented the ’70s graduate, and Katie Klepinksi ’08 also joined the fun. A great photo of Geoff and Charlie whooping it up after the ceremony is posted on our class page on the Colby website. The wedding was at Hope College in Holland, Mich. Y Carl Lovejoy’s son, Matt, graduated from
University of Virginia last spring with a B.A. in history and a national championship in men’s lacrosse. With an extra year of lacrosse eligibility due to an injury his sophomore year, Matt returned to UVA in September, enrolled in the Curry School of Education to earn his master’s, and, hopefully, win another NCAA title! Y Sue Hadlock cruised the Inside Passage with friends on a Norhaven 74 from Petersburg to Juneau, Alaska. It was mind blowing to view snow-covered peaks, bears, whales, eagles, and glaciers. Last month Sue met Anne Hebert and Deb Zarella Dube in South Freeport, where they cruised Casco Bay on her Crowley Beal lobster boat and caught up on life. Y Linda Frechette visited Colby roommate Kyle Harrow and family at Sebago Lake in July. Linda and Kyle keep in touch regularly. Y Last May Katherine Quimby Johnson’s daughter, Lydia, graduated cum laude from Hartwick College, where she double-majored in English and philosophy, taking multiple classes with Stefanie Rocknak ’88 in the process. Before Lydia’s graduation, Katherine and husband Greg ’78 spent a blissful week in San Francisco, where Greg attended a conference, followed by a few days relaxing in Carmel that included watching the sunset over the Pacific. Y It’s been awhile since Ingrid Gjesteby Janes checked in. Ingrid and husband Dale live in Longmeadow, Mass., and will celebrate their 30th anniversary this fall with a trip to Europe. Their oldest, Adam, graduated from Williams and started medical school at Loyola in Chicago. Son Scott graduated from Tufts last year and works in finance in Boston. Daughter Sarah started her senior year at Colby. Life has come full circle, though she missed out on living in the “new dorms!” Y Robin Reid writes from Charlotte, Vt. Her husband, Robert Mack, still works hard as a dairyman and son Peter, 17, is following in his footsteps. Robin owns and manages Rural Route Today, a local newspaper that advocates for the rural culture and its role in our chosen lifestyles, overall economy, and well-being as a nation. She still writes music and plays some gigs singing with friends in a trio. Y Robin Towle Glynn took a trip to Spain with her son Dennis, 14. The trip was a birthday gift from her husband, Dennis, whom she met in Spain during her junior year semester abroad. For a Spanish teacher, Robin, and a student of Spanish, Dennis, this was a trip to remember. They spent four days in Madrid with a side trip to Segovia to see a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct that was a favorite place of Robin’s. From there they traveled by high-speed train to Sevilla for three days and drove to the coast to check out the Mediterranean. On to Barcelona for two days of sightseeing
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alumni at large (last time there was with Gayle Amato). The trip gave Robin many new stories to share with her students and Dennis the opportunity to hear and speak Spanish. Robin’s daughter, Kelly, had a great first year at Cornell, where she is majoring in electrical and computer engineering and earned a 4.0 second semester. Y Liz Armstrong’s update is short and sweet. Job: got promoted; Children: Rebekah, 16, Mariah, 12, when will the teen years stop; Extracurriculars: distance running, swimming; Life: still happily married; and next project: volunteer work in Nicaragua. Y Thanks everyone for writing in!
1980 Tom Marlitt email@example.com Lynn Collins Francis reminds everyone to check out our class Facebook page. There are reunion photos posted as well as pictures from as far back as our days on Mayflower Hill. If you have photos to post, send them to our class co-president and Facebook group administrator Fred Madeira at Fred_Madeira@wrightexpress. com. Y Tom Eyman’s oldest daughter, Julia, headed to Bates this fall. As Tom says, “It’s
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke was grilling dogs and burgers! In March Darcy and her husband visited their younger son, Chris, on his Rotary exchange in Brazil. Darcy is still a real estate agent in Fairfield County, Conn. Y After training all winter Bill Linnell completed the 2.4-mile Peaks to Portland ocean swim this July. Bill was a panelist at Colby’s Bern Porter symposium in August, speaking about his lead role with Cheaper, Safer Power and their successful fight to close Maine’s nuclear plant 12 years early. Y Kitty Weyl Dove caught up with a bunch from the Classes of ’78 and ’79—Lindy Williams ’79, Vicki Mains Henderson ’79, Nancy Piccin ’78, Liz Gruber ’78 and Rus Lodi ’78, Laurie Hutcheson Leavitt ’78, Howie Ingraham ’79, and Jim ’79 and Kristin White Shaw ’78—at a fun weekend in Gloucester, Mass., this spring. Y Susan Sullivan Hinrichs thanks her hard-working committee and all those who participated in the 2011 Colby Fund. She continues to work in the private equity field and is currently raising capital for a snake robotics company in the ENT and cardiac arenas. She and her husband, Peter, juggle visits whenever possible to their children’s Wednesday and Saturday athletic events now that Colin and Charlotte are away at
Bob Benjamin ’82 sends greetings from Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he arrived in June. He is deployed as the chief of mobility for the joint sustainment command. a little like having her become a Yankees fan, but I’m over it already.” Tom met up with Dave Perry in Boston in June to soak up the Bruins’ first Stanley Cup parade in 39 years (that was four years before we started Colby, for those of you counting). Y Jonathan Greenspan has been renovating his historic 1924 house for the past year and expected to move back in before the school year started. His twins are now 10, and daughter Lauren is a soccer stud, while son Jared can’t digest enough baseball. Jonathan continues to run his own business, On-Line Residential, which provides a broker-to-broker platform as well as website design and programming for the residential brokerage community in NYC. They’re located on Broad St. in the financial district if anyone wants to say hello. Y Darcy MacKinnon Sledge’s oldest son, Kyle, is a senior at UVA. He had a summer internship at the Federal Reserve in D.C., where his boss was none other than John Colwell. John even took Kyle to a Fourth of July BBQ atop the Martin Building, where
boarding schools (Millbrook and Suffield, respectively). Y Congratulations to Rev. Jane E. Dibden, who married Michael A. Bishop in Morrisville, Vt.
1981 Steph Vrattos firstname.lastname@example.org I am thrilled to present three first-time submissions! Alison Thomas Vietze and husband Richard have 18-year-old triplets (two girls and a boy) entering college. Son Will will be a freshman at Colby. * Katie Critchlow Luther moved to North Dakota after graduation to earn an M.S. in geology from UND. She works for the North Dakota Department of Health as a rule manager in the drinking water program. Married 28 years, Katie and husband Mark have three children. Daughter Megan Couser, 27, is married and teaches international baccalaureate biology at a high school in Kalispell, Mont. Son Corporal Jed Luther, 22, is married and currently on his second
deployment with the U.S. Marine Corps. He will attend college after his active duty is complete. Youngest son Samuel, 13, entered seventh grade this fall. Y Capt. Margaret Carlton Bash, M.D., M.P.H., is commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service and is board certified in pediatric infectious diseases. After medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she and husband Craig Bash worked at the Indian Health Service hospital in White River, Ariz., then returned to Bethesda for subspecialty training. She currently conducts research on bacterial vaccines and recently worked with the Meningitis Vaccine Project that developed and is implementing a vaccine to prevent epidemic meningitis in sub-Saharan African countries.* Jim O’Sullivan ’82 and Melise Maggioni-O’Sullivan celebrated their 26th anniversary in August. They still live in Needham and both are self-employed. Jim is a gymnasium flooring contractor servicing all of New England, including Colby, and Melise runs their real estate property management business, leasing two 20,000-square-foot office buildings to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their oldest son graduated from Dartmouth in 2009 and works for a DC strategic consulting firm. Their daughter is a Dartmouth sophomore, and their youngest son, an all-league baseball player, will be a junior at Roxbury Latin School. “Maybe our third child is the charm and we’ll have a future White Mule athlete!” * Still in Monterey, Calif., Paulette Lynch and husband Ken Peterson celebrated their 25th anniversary. * Congrats to Beth Pniewski Wilson on receiving the Colby Brick Award at our reunion. She writes that Renee Ross Nadler will join her tennis group this fall at the Thoreau Club in Concord, Mass. Y Joel Harris, Scott Vandersall, Bob Clark, and Steve Pfaff enjoyed a “post-reunion” golf outing in New Hampshire. “Never have a Phi Delt, Tau Delt, Chopper, and Deke gotten along so well,” says Joel. * A former lobbyist for the Podesta Group, Dale Oak returned to work in the front office of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. Dale’s daughter, Anna, is a freshman at Northeastern. Y Although Judith Greene Stewart was traveling in Europe during reunion, she “was thrilled to finally attend a Colby commencement on the library lawn” with goddaughter Mara Bensson ’11, daughter of Steve and Dr. Jean Siddall Bensson. * Finally, as visual arts curator for Colby’s Bixler Art and Music Library, Margaret Libby is conducting oral interviews with and preparing artwork of Colby’s illustrious and forgotten alumnae for a special bicentennial exhibit on campus
in fall of 2012. Yours truly is happy to be a part of this project, which will feature Colby’s pioneering varsity women’s ice hockey team.
1982 Nancy Briggs Marshall email@example.com Greetings from Maine! I went to Colby over Reunion Weekend in June to attend the memorial service for Charlie Bassett. It was a beautiful service in Lorimer Chapel with great jazz music and wonderful storytelling by former students and fellow faculty members. I hope Charlie was there in spirit to enjoy the music, wonderful stories, and remembrances of his life at Colby. He touched the lives of so many, including my own. I always think of him when I write and when I edit my employees’ writing. I misspelled the word “seperete” (sic) once, and he wrote in red ink on my paper, “there’s a rate in separate.” And I will never put an apostrophe in “its” unless it’s a contraction for ‘it is’! These are just two of the many lessons learned from a great professor that I share with my children and employees all the time. Y Carolyn Berry Copp’s daughter, Charlotte (a sophomore in high school), started college visits in June and the first stop was Colby. They were on a motherdaughter adventure with friends and also checked out UMO (where the other mom went). Carolyn was shocked and saddened to discover that her room on the third floor of Mary Low is now a bathroom! Carolyn loves showing the art museum to folks and can’t wait until the new wing is completed. While in Maine they enjoyed whitewater rafting on the Kennebec. In August they rafted for four days on the Rogue River in Oregon. When she’s not rafting, Carolyn works as director of development for the Newton Community Service Center in West Newton, Mass. MaryBeth Whitaker McIntyre lives just up the street. Y Bob Benjamin sends greetings from Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he arrived in June. He is deployed as the chief of mobility for the joint sustainment command. It’s very hot and dusty there—hard to believe the air can hold so much dirt! He works a full day, but the living conditions are pretty good. He shares a room with a few other senior officers with AC, Internet, and indoor plumbing down the hall. He looks forward to getting home next year in time to see his oldest son graduate from college and to attend our 30th reunion. Y Susanna Schneider participated in the sidewalk art show at the Munson Williams Art Institute in Utica, N.Y. Y Jeff Brown’s been a bachelor this summer. His son, Alec, 16, got a job at UNC in a biomedical engineering lab
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80s newsmakers Captain Kenneth Branch ’80 has taken the helm at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. Branch. He took charge during a historic high volume of business, delivering $1.5 billion of products and services in fiscal 2011. Branch admires the command’s “willingness and courage to take risks in order to expand their capabilities,” Federal News Service reports. F Sweetbay Supermarket president Michael Vail ’85 discussed the supermarket’s expansion in tough economic times in the St. Petersburg Times. Offering budget price brands, buying and remodeling old stores in established neighborhoods, and using energy efficiency standards are keeping Julie Sands Causey ’85 Sweetbay viable in the Tampa Bay area. Vail also heads the board of Feeding America, a food bank that sells excess food at low cost. “It fills a very important role,” Vail said, “helping feed the less fortunate.” F Western Bank chair Julie Sands Causey ’85 received a Top Women in Finance award from Finance & Commerce, a daily newspaper for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Honoring “outstanding efforts of women who are making a notable contribution to their professions and their communities,” the award cited Causey for Western Bank’s conservative business strategy that allowed it to avoid much of the prerecession speculative real estate lending of other banks. F Ice hockey coach Greg Cronin ’86 is headed to the NHL. In June the former head coach for Northeastern was named an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his six years at Northeastern, Cronin earned an overall record of 84-104-29.
within the neurophysiology department, so his wife moved to NC with him for the summer. His daughter, Hannah, 19, works as a camp counselor at Lochearn Camp for Girls on Lake Fairlee, Vt. Jeff’s job takes him to Europe six to seven times a year and to Asia three to four times a year, so he’s very busy.
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1984 Mary Kate Whalen email@example.com I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing, fun, and not too hot summer. As many of us are rapidly approaching—or recently passed—the big 5-0, I’d be interested in hearing how you celebrate or confront the big day. For those who appreciate a poem: “Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” How do you plan to rage? Y I recently attended a mini-reunion celebrating the wedding of my former roommate Genevieve Hammond ’86 to Dan Matthews in Canton, Mass., (they eloped last February but held off on the reception). Gen and Dan live in Needham, Mass. I had a great time catching up with Gen, our former roommates Tracy Weiner Cotopolis and Kitty Wilbur, and ’86ers
Wendy Lapham, Monique Reed Kotsiopoulos, and Kate Patterson. None of us look a day older than our time at Colby (or that might have been the wine goggles). Y David Ballou celebrated his 20th year practicing law and the founding of his law firm, Ballou & Bedell, in York, Maine. He hopes that good health and his current enjoyment of the profession continue for many more years. Y Anthony and Cynthia Mulliken Lazzara sent their oldest son, Forrest, for 26 days at Camp Kieve, an amazing Maine summer camp on Damariscotta Lake run by Henry Kennedy ’80. Their youngest, Hudson, was scheduled to follow a week later. Cindy and Anthony got to return for two weekends in a row and stay at Kieve’s Family Camp. Next was their annual Midwest driving tour: Chicago, Milwaukee, and Harbor Springs, Mich. Y Sam Staley’s second teen novel, A Warrior’s Soul, was published in July by Wheatmark to positive reviews. This fall Sam moved to Tallahassee to become associate director of Florida State University’s DeVoe Moore Center, an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He’ll teach a course in urban planning and urban economics as well as lead the center’s outreach and fundraising efforts. His family will stay in Ohio for at least another year so his daughter can graduate from high school. During a New England college tour, Sam visited Colby with his daughter, Claire, and Rick Patten ’84 and Anna Sandstrom ’85. (Colby is in the running for Claire, along with Vassar and
Elon.) Y I can always count on interesting news from the prolific David Rosenberg (accompanied this time by Bill Sheehan). Bill is expanding his foray into the restaurant business and plans to open another Golden Lotus in Kennebunkport. Bill and David report that Warren Burroughs’s boar, Jelly Belly, took first prize in the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig Breeders’ Competition. Warren plans on putting him out to pasture and to stud in the fall. Brian Hesse spends a lot of time coaching his kids’ many athletic teams. He can also be found at The Lyceum, a restaurant in Salem, every Sunday morning playing the sax for the jazz brunch. George Harrington ’85 owns the restaurant and comments on Brian’s musicianship: “He’s not that great a musician, but what he lacks in talent he makes up for in looks and comedy.” Calls me back to freshman year Jan Plan, when I roomed near these guys in the Hillside dorms.
1985 Katie Holland Adams firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Neumann Dubowsky’s twins, 3 1/2, are growing fast. Her medical practice in cardiology is going well too. In May her family went to Ithaca, N.Y., and visited Bronwyn Quirk-Mohlke, who works for the Cornell University library. Debbie spent her summer sailing on Long Island Sound and would love to reconnect with others on Long Island. Y Roy Hirshland participated in a career symposium at Colby this spring; while there he ran into current Colby trustee Julie Sands Causey. Roy’s firm hired a Colby sophomore (Colleen O’Donnell ’13) as an intern for the summer, and she did great work. He encourages classmates to talk to the Colby Career Center if hiring or looking for a bright intern. Y Congratulations to Kelly Crump Ployer, who married Chris Capozzoli July 8 in Newport, R.I. Chris Lebherz attended the wedding. Y Mike Muir is now the multiple pathways leader for the Auburn, Maine, school department. He works with the high school to implement customized learning and other district initiatives such as their primary grade literacy program that includes giving iPads to kindergartners. Mike is also director of Projects4Me, a program for at-risk and dropout youth. Students earn credit for self-designed, standards-based projects instead of courses. Y Tom Colt still lives in Pittsburgh and is a college counselor at Shady Side Academy. He ran the Pittsburgh half-marathon in May, “finishing just ahead of the mayor (who is only 31!).” Tom recently saw Gretchen Bean Bergill at a conference at St. George School in Newport, R.I. Y Dawn Gale LaCasce lives in Fryeburg, Maine,
where she and her husband are officially empty nesters. Their daughter, Devin, is a freshman at McGill and son Jared is a junior at NYU. Y Lynn Brunelle was recently in New York for the World Science Festival. She was asked to attend by Alan Alda, who had heard an interview of hers on NPR. Lynn did a show and some street fair experiments for kids before a huge crowd, “20,000 estimated!” Lynn is also working on several book projects, had her first play produced this spring, and runs a shuttle service for her kids Kai, 9, and Leo, 7. Y After graduation Amey Travis Barnes married her high school sweetheart, Brian, settled outside of Boston, and worked for the Alliance Française. A year later they moved to New Jersey and Amy found a bilingual position at Rhodia (a French chemical company) as an overseas purchasing agent. In 1993 she opted for full-time motherhood and is raising two boys, Jeremy, 18 (a freshman at Dickinson), and Foster, 15. Amey enjoys volunteering for her church (gardening and playing flute for services) and singing with a women’s group that performs in area nursing homes. Y John “Ginpup” Collins writes, “I’ve gotten old fast. The Willows Society people have me on speed dial for updates.” His daughter, Meaghan, is a junior at Mount Holyoke College, and his son, Jack, is a freshman at Berklee College of Music. “Since his goal is to be a musician, we’re starting now with the construction of an apartment over our garage for when he graduates.” Y Kevin Bruen, a lawyer for the Coast Guard in San Francisco, had a recent brush with fame, appearing on national TV. On July 4 he took his son, Chris, and his stand up paddle board to McCovey Cove in San Francisco to “watch” the Giants. A home run ball was hit into the cove and Kevin jumped off his board (yes, leaving his son behind) to nab the ball. After he got the ball, a kayaker, also going for the ball, ran right over him. He survived and the ball is prominently displayed in his son’s bedroom. Kevin claims this is “easily my proudest moment since I left Colby.” The scene was replayed over and over on local sports networks and Espy. Check it out by going to the Giants website and searching for “Pablo Sandoval splash hit July 4.” Y Thanks for the news!
1986 Henrietta “Hank” Yelle email@example.com And in a flash, 25 years have passed! Although family obligations kept me away, I heard reunion was a smash. Fortunately, Dave Epstein agreed to fill in as guest correspondent with this reunion report. Our class hit a home run with the largest
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alumni at large 25th reunion turnout in a decade and more money raised than any other reunion class ever. Jeff and Jen Douglas King accepted the awards for our efforts. Big thanks to everyone who made that possible. Special congratulations to Jane Powers, who finished her stint as trustee and accepted the prestigious Colby Brick Award. To kick off a great weekend, several classmates hit the links for the annual Presidential Golf Tournament at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, hosted in part by Evan and Sue Roberts Dangel. Others enjoyed a barbecue hosted by Susan Maxwell Reisert and husband Colby Professor Joe Reisert at their Great Pond home. Dave loved meeting up Friday with Cabot Philbrick and Charlie Clippert, as well as Laurent Kosbach, who flew in from Paris. The class gathered Friday at Riverside Farm Market, where Dan MacDonald coordinated an amazing dinner and cocktail hour. Norma Delaney, Mark Burke, Janet Kelley Gjesteby, John Rafferty, Jen Imhoff Foley, Heather Reay Rocheford, and Geoff Alexander were just a few of the 60 or so in attendance. Dinner Saturday was in Cotter Union, where classmates (including Karl Ruping, Karen Mitchell Brandvold, Colette Cote Mayerhoeffer, Jessica Flood Leitz, Lori Burke, Kathleen Hooper Zane, Melanie Megathlin Flaherty, Beth Har-
Girl Scout leader, and finder of lost items. She comes east annually for a Nantucket visit with Linda Flight Lull ’85 and Andrea McInnis Leonard. Y Andrew Maley says it shouldn’t have been a surprise—but it was—when the kids didn’t stay kids forever. Their oldest, Margot, is looking at colleges, which brought the whole family to Colby for a visit. “Margaret (Davis ’85) and I were awash in groans and teen mockery as we fondly revisited old haunts (‘Dad, I’m sure the waitress would love to know how excited you are to eat at the Last Unicorn again’).” They enjoyed the impressive changes made to campus and appreciated the fact that Colby still seemed like Colby. Y Lars and Barb Falcone Smith and daughters had an amazing adventure from February to July in China, where Lars had a Fulbright to teach law. They lived in Wuhan and traveled to Hong Kong, Kunming, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Xi’an and swung by Singapore, Elba, Pisa, and Milan on the way home. They say, “We would do it all again but are thrilled to be back in Louisville!” Y Jeanne Choquette Radvany broke her leg playing tennis the weekend before reunion and had to cancel. She was working hard at PT hoping to recover enough to enjoy a planned trip to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest with husband Dave
Adam Ernster ’87 shot a fitness segment with Billy Bush ’94 that aired in early August on Access Hollywood Live. rington, Genevieve Hammond, Suzanne Stahl Muir, Doug Parker, Peter Cooke, George Samaras, and wheelchair bound (from a torn Achilles) Jay Allen and his wife, Laurie [Haley ’87], heard Wendy Lapham’s amazing speech. Wendy followed a great recap by Janice Kassman (formerly Seitzinger) of her memories of our time at Colby. More than 30 folks, including Joan Handwerg and Kristin Giblin Lindquist, went to an “over-the-top” brunch Sunday at the home of Tom and Kathleen Pinard Reed on Merrymeeting Bay in Woolwich. Reunions are tough, often thankless, events to plan and pull off: Rich Deering and Suzanne Battit, our co-presidents, and the entire reunion committee spearheaded a flawless weekend. Guy Holbrook, I hope you took lots of notes, as 2016 will be here before you know it. Y Harriet Haake Hall loves living in San Diego with constant good weather and the beach 20 minutes away. Harriet is married, has two kids, Garrett, 10, and Isabella, 8, and works part time for an investment manager. Her other jobs include taxi driver, soccer fan, cook, book fair chair,
and Rachel, 12, and Andy, 9. Y Nancy Norris Gould’s oldest child, Sam, started at Indiana University this fall studying sports management. Daughter Morgan spent the summer in Israel on a leadership training and community service program and is a junior in high school. Y While Chris Engstrom and I didn’t make reunion, we had a mini-reunion on our patio in July with Eric Pendleton (who works at Citizens Bank in Boston and helps runs Garside’s Ice Cream with his mom in Saco, Maine) and Kathy Reynolds Dunn (who lives with husband Doug in Connecticut, where she teaches French at Kingswood-Oxford School). A night of many laughs and the warmth of being with dear friends. I wish you many happy moments like these in the months ahead!
1987 Scott Lainer firstname.lastname@example.org Okay, I’ve got good news and bad news. Which do you want first? The good news?
Are you sure? People usually want to hear the bad news first. I’ll give you one more chance. No? Okay, you asked for it. I admire your optimism. This issue, three fine people wrote with updates; and one other is having his published whether he likes it or not. So let’s get to it: Bruce Dalbeck got married. Dr. Christine Barrett decided he was worth the effort, which we knew all along. They had an absolutely beautiful ceremony in the heart of Maine, complete with fancy food and beverages (if you consider Spam and wine coolers fancy, which I most certainly do). Bruce wore traditional white, and his bride carried him over the threshold. Wait, reverse that. Y Last January Chris Vickers took a new position with the Vermont Country Store in Manchester, Vt., as chief merchandising and marketing officer. (Basically, he sells maple syrup.) “In July we were moving into our new home and a woman pulled up looking for the previous owners. She looked at me and said, ‘I graduated with you from Colby College in 1987. My name is Colleen Balch.’” (I thought he was going to say Julia Roberts, but Colleen is even better!) He went on to say, “Colleen looked great and is living in Tinmouth, Vt. Small world.” Y Karen Czuchry Sallmann says, “I’m living back in Munich, Germany, with my husband and my two girls, 8 and 4. We bought an apartment in ‘the Munich,’ which is keeping me rather busy lately. We visited my brother, Matt, in New York, where he is filming his TV show The Good Wife. (Holy crap, Karen’s brother is Julianna Margulies?) Unfortunately, we did not make it up to Colby. Perhaps, next time we’re in the States.” Y Adam Ernster just shot a fitness segment on Access Hollywood Live with Billy Bush ’94, which aired beginning of August. (Adam is the foremost expert in squat thrusts and received his Ph.D. in “Critiquing People Who Do Crappy Squat Thrusts.”) Seriously, if you have any alumni support in you, watch the segment regularly. He never has to know you’re reclined on the couch. Y 282 words left, and you know what that means. If you’ll indulge. Y My son just turned 1, which means I’m old enough to be his grandfather. Lately I’ve been feeling this sharp pain in my knee that temporarily slows my step, though hopefully never enough to keep up with this gremlin. Where there’s a will, there’s Lanacane. Or a prosthetic leg. Or a small pony to ride. Next year we celebrate our 25th reunion, which is to say that we will have been out of school three years longer than our entire lives prior to, and through, Colby. That is a sobering thought. Tonight, as my wife and I got our little boy ready for bed, we listened to Sting. He was playing on a CD, by the way, not actually in our room. The song was When We Dance, and
it instantly took me back to school. I was all but literally transported, naïve again, full of potential. The world hadn’t yet tainted my psyche and age hadn’t slowed my step. I felt exhilarated by that place in life where it seemed like the party would never end. But it did. And while I wouldn’t trade any part of my life, I marvel at the power of memory. Make no mistake, we are all still at Colby, no matter where we find ourselves now. It belongs to us, remains as authentic as anything we can physically touch or taste or feel. All it takes is a song, and for a brief moment, we are back. Y Okay, now for the bad news. You wasted five minutes reading my column. But I wish you extra happiness for the effort. Peace, classmates.
1988 Nancy Donahue Cyker email@example.com Hello ’88ers I want to introduce myself as the new class correspondent. We all like to read the news, but are often reluctant to submit our own. I’m looking forward to reaching out to you and learning about the paths you’ve been on since the Colby days. So, you may get a cold call (or e-mail) in search of news and, as always, I encourage you to submit your news to the e-mail address above. So if you lived on my floor but we haven’t talked in 23 years—heads up! That may be a place for me to start (Peter Weltchek of Johnson third floor comes to mind). I’m living in downtown Boston with my husband, Fred, daughter Sophie, 15, and son Leo, 12. I graduated from law school but that was the extent of that career. I started my family career soon after, living in Simsbury, Conn., for 15 years before moving back to Boston four years ago. The kids have loved the autonomy that city life affords. To this day my Colby friends continue to be the ones with whom I laugh the hardest and the ones to whom I turn during the inevitable bumpy times. I would say that the friendships are my biggest takeaway from Colby. Of course, the education was great. Let’s enjoy sharing our stories as we barrel towards our 25th reunion in 2013. Y Bob and Carrie O’Brien Thomas regularly see Doug and Deanna Cook McDonald and Jemma Craig, and they just caught up with Kristen Roeder at Doug and Deanna’s house in Northampton, Mass. Jemma and her husband, Patrick, along with Dean Schwartz and his wife, Ann, attended the grand opening party of the Harbor Hotel in Provincetown, Mass., which Bob opened in May after a complete renovation of a former Holiday Inn. Bob and Carrie live in Cohasset with their children Nonie, 13, and Nate and Henry, 10. Y
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1989 Anita Terry firstname.lastname@example.org I’m writing in the heat of this hot, hot summer, having just returned to Minnesota from a “best of Maine” tour with my family. Of course, we visited the old alma mater, spent egregious amounts on Colby propaganda at the bookstore, and wandered around campus as much as the 97-degree day would permit. We visited Tom ’65 and Nancy Ryen Morrione ’65 at their home on Great Pond, showing my children that our Land of 10,000 Lakes has nothing on The Way Life Should Be. I also had a mini-reunion in Portland with Meg Christie and Will Cheever ’85 and Doug St. Lawrence, who braved the I-95 traffic to drive up from Mass. Tracy Gionfriddo planned to come from Conn., but her little Emma got sick. We missed you, Tracy. The trip was a raging success: I ate lobster five times and got a new Colby T-shirt. Y Neha Patel Kishan recently moved to Basel, Switzerland, for two years because of work. Her 6- and 8-year-olds are excited, and her 1-1/2-year-old is happy for anything. Y Maria Douglass and her family are settling in at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. They took a spring break trip to Italy and planned a summer trip to Iceland. Y Robin Trend Baughan says she never writes because she never has any news. I don’t believe that and expect a long e-mail next time, Robin. Y Dawna Zajac Perez works at Northern Essex Community College, where she is an associate dean and the new grievance officer and is spearheading the launch of a Student Success Center and early alert pilot. In October Dawna spoke at the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship annual conference in Portland, Ore. Y Fellow Iowan Tom Wieck wrote with tales of an exciting 2011, including trips to Vegas, Disneyland, India, Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Tom works at Pioneer Hi-Bred, with what he says is the longest title of his career: “DuPont production systems mindsets and behaviors coach, the Americas.” Tom’s kids are becoming experts at sports camp, and his wife, Erin, a second grade teacher, spent her summer driving them all over. The family planned to do one day of the famous bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, this summer. Y Look in bookstores for Gerry Hadden’s new book, Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti. Gerry’s third child was due in September, as if publishing a book weren’t accomplishment enough. Gerry caught up with Dan Sullivan and Larry Collins this summer at Gerry’s home in Barcelona and in the
south of France. Y Carolyn Lockwood was recently named the director of Maine’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Labor. Congratulations! Y Bill and Anne Webster Stauffer and their two daughters vacationed this summer in Seattle, where they had dinner with Kate Roosevelt, who is executive VP of The Collins Group, a company that helps nonprofits with fundraising and other services. Kate and her partner recently bought land for a summer home in Port Townsend, Wash. Bill and Anne also saw Greg Russell and his family in Washington. Bill reports that Greg “was hard at work shucking oysters, which the kids gobbled up before the adults had a chance to eat any.” Kelly Doyle is planning a trip to China and has been e-mailing Bill with questions. Finally, Bill says his “biggest executive decision of the year was to allow (give in) my 10-year-old to get her ears pierced.” Y I hope you all had a fabulous summer. Please write and tell me all about it!
a year-long break to have the baby—she squeaked in a half Ironman just before becoming pregnant with Chloe. Kristen keeps in touch with Said ’90 and Sally White Eastman, who live in Bolton, Mass, with kids Jake, 9, and Abby, 6. Sally’s kids are following in their mom’s swimming footsteps, raking in swimming accolades. Said stays busy working at Monster and also running a great restaurant, the River Rock Grille, in Maynard, Mass. Kristen also keeps in touch with Linnea Oliver O’Neil, who lives in Wellesley Hills, Mass., with husband Micah and kids Brendan, Mackenzie, Connor, and Jack. Kristen said all is
well with Linnea, who enjoys being CEO, CFO, and COO of her household. Y A few special notes about reunion. First, “Bring HEINOUS back!” Those of you in the East Quad lounge on Saturday night know what I’m talking about. For those of you able to attend, it was great to see you all. At first I tried to list all the folks I saw (to include in this column), but there were too many to keep track! Special thanks to Lesley Eydenberg Bouvier and Laurie Brown Withrow for their tireless efforts to keep the reunion train rolling, to Amy Walter for coming and talking at our class dinner, and to Portia Walker for presenting our class gift to President Adams after the parade of classes. (We’ve set a goal of 91 percent for our class participation rate next time, so please plan on helping us reach that target!) Thanks also to Aaron Mosher, who stepped up and took the position of class president. More thanks and recognition are doubtlessly called for and will be addressed in upcoming columns. For those of you unable to be there, you were missed—and you missed what may have been the best weather EVER on campus: warm and sunny during the day, nicely cool and breezy at night. A spectacular weekend! Check out some photos on the Colby website, and if anyone has pictures to share let me know. Until next time, keep in touch!
Kristin Hock Davie email@example.com Congratulations to Katie Erickson, husband Pete Mitchell, and James, 3, who welcomed Abigail Ruth Erickson Mitchell April 19. Katie reports that Abigail is growing fast and that she (Katie, not Abigail) works very minimally as a private practice outpatient therapist for children and families in between motherhood duties. Y Julie Ambrose Gray checked in from Freeport, where she lives with her husband and daughters Abby, 14, Jessie, 12, and Sarah, 9. Julie has worked since last year at Bowdoin College as a full-time physician’s assistant in the student health center. The job is fantastic, brings back many Colby memories, and is great because she gets summers off. Julie is also the coach of her daughter’s AAU basketball team, where she sees Kevin Whitmore ’91 and Matt Hancock, who also coach in that league.
1991 Dave Shumway firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings classmates! It must have been a really slow summer—I received only one update. A note arrived from Kristen WoodsNoonan, who shares the happy news that she and her husband, Jim, welcomed their first child, Chloe Sierra Noonan, Dec. 9, 2010. They’re enjoying her immensely! Jim and Kristen live in Kingston, N.H., where Kristen works as a marketing director for a health-care consulting firm. She hoped to get back into triathlons this summer after
and product support for the defense and space team. She took a business trip to Prague this summer and later led a group of 13 Girl Scouts backpacking in the Grand Canyon. “Weather is warm here—I miss the lilacs in New England.” Y Cecily von Ziegesar is very excited about her hilarious new novel, Gossip Girl Psycho Killer, to be published in October. Also out by Cecily this fall is Class, the paperback edition of her Colbyesque hardcover novel Cum Laude. Y Steve and Kristen Corey DeCastro had a baby, Tyler Joseph, in September 2010. He joins Annie, 10, and Clara, 6. Y Kimberly Kennedy has lived in Sarasota,
Neha Patel Kishan ’89 recently moved to Basel, Switzerland, for two years because of work. Her 6- and 8-year-olds are excited, and her 1-1/2-year-old is happy for anything.
1992 Karen Wu email@example.com Sarah Haynes Cooney continues to live in Phoenix, Ariz., and works at Honeywell Aerospace as senior director of customer
Fla., since 1992. She got her master’s in physical therapy in1998 and has practiced physical therapy for 13 years. Her thesis dissertation, Runner’s Perils, was published in a medical journal and in PT Advance Magazine in 1998. She stays in contact with Jill Vollweiler ’90 and planned a long girls’ weekend at Jill’s family winery, Sharpe Hill, in Pomfret, Conn., in August. Kim still runs, does yoga, and keeps busy with life in general. Y Michael Spurgeon sent news about his former roommate, Eric Sohn, who launched a new hedge fund called North River Emerging Equities Fund, focusing on small-cap stocks in emerging and frontier markets. Prior to this Eric was part of a group that owned the first taco company in Russia. He also worked at the Russian desk in the DOE, where he was involved in nuclear nonproliferation. Later, his work in Africa was a significant factor in adopting a boy from Ethiopia. Seems like Eric’s journey post Colby has been interesting! Y Eliza McClatchey Evans works for her family’s business, Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Her husband is a stay-at-home dad with Gabe, 8, who is on the autism spectrum. Gabe is mildly affected and is in third grade. He’s currently fascinated by geography and can tell you every capital of every country. Eliza and her husband recently vacationed in the Netherlands and Belgium. They’re fortunate to have so much family around Atlanta and lucky enough to take vacation without Gabe. The three of them plan to come to our 20th reunion. Eliza stays in close touch with Nicole St. John and Jessica Maclachlan Hall, who lives in Hawaii. Y Peter Read Smith, his wife, Elizabeth Stites, and son Zoeth, 9 months, divide
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90s newsmakers Sofia, Bulgaria, resident Anne Griffin ’93 has launched Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts to showcase products handmade by artisans in her adopted country. Griffin sells the products online and in stores in the United States, the Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) reports. A Russian language major at Colby, Griffin says Bulgarian pottery traces its roots back some 3,000 years to the ancient Thracians. F Paul Butler ’93 was named principal of Bangor High School, one of Maine’s largest high schools. The former director of gifted and talented and Title 1 programs for the Bangor School Department was “beyond thrilled” at his appointment, the Bangor Daily News reported. “He’s Paul Butler ’93 the perfect fit for Bangor High School,” superintendent Betsy Webb said. “His leadership abilities are only going to strengthen an already great school.” F Glamour magazine reporter Lauren Iannotti ’96 globetrotted with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aboard Air Force Two in June when Clinton toured Africa. Iannotti’s energetic piece in September chronicles the whirlwind trip and includes an exclusive interview in Dubai with Clinton, the mosttraveled secretary of state ever.
their time between NYC, where Peter is an international civil servant with the United Nations, and Westport, Mass., where they have a farmhouse and a garden. Y Chris and Whitney Adams Ward still live in Hingham, Mass. Their kids are growing up fast: Lily, 11, Sam, 9, and Sasha, 5, keep mom and dad busy with school, friends, and sports. The Ward’s got together with Scott ’91 and Margaret Igoe Osborne, Chip ’91 and Hallie Hastert Smith ’93, and Paula and Ben Marglin ’93 over Memorial Day. It was a great Colby mini-reunion. Y What a great lead-in to my pitch on our upcoming 20th reunion, which is less than a year away. Save the date: May 31-June 3, 2012. If you’re interested in joining the reunion planning committee and/or the gift committee, please contact Marah Silverberg Derzon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep your eye out for a 20th reunion Facebook page courtesy of Mark Boles.
1993 Jill Moran Baxter email@example.com Jeff Kosc and his wife, Becky, recently visited Mike Murphy at his home in McCarthy, Alaska. Jeff writes, “Mike, his wife Denise, his devastatingly handsome son, Rio Murphy, 5 months, and his two dogs welcomed us to their home (built by hand by Mike from the ground up) and entertained us with glacier hiking, aerial sightseeing (of the Wrangell Mountains and nearby glaciers), and the freshest salmon meals one could imagine (caught fresh by Mike from the nearby Copper River).” Y Paul and Angela Tennett Butler remain in the Queen City (Bangor, of course) with their three kids,
the oldest of whom began high school this fall. Paul returned to high school as well, having been named principal of Bangor High School. Paul says Mary, their oldest, is “quietly supportive... .” Y Suzanne Furlong Kiggins lives in Brooklyn with her 2-year-old twins and works part time for same company she has been with for 12 years, a company that develops learning simulations for schools and companies. Suzanne reports that Bree Jeppson welcomed Lucas De Ferrari Bassett April 18 and tipped the scales at a whopping 10 pounds! Suzanne sees quite a bit of Doug Morrione, who is writing a collection of biographical short stories, as well as Dave Nicholson ’94 and his family, who live in Queens. Y Anne Griffin hails from Sofia, Bulgaria, and has begun exporting handmade Bulgarian pottery to the States (www.bulgarianpotteryandgifts). From time to time she meets up with Sibel Akbay and Sandra Vines in Turkey or Bulgaria. Y Greta Wood started a new job in June as assistant professor/instructional services librarian at Mississippi State University in Starkville. Y Thanks to everyone who wrote in—keep those e-mails coming!
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1995 Yuhgo Yamaguchi email@example.com Jennifer Gennaco gave birth to Lora Elizabeth May 12. “Lora’s brother, Lincoln, 4, enjoys singing the ABCs to her. We are all adjusting well and looking forward to the
summer,” writes Jen. Y Tom and Kristin Eisenhardt Corbin got married in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, last summer and live happily outside of Boston. Cristina Harris Faherty was maid of honor. “Some things never change—she and I remain great friends,” writes Kristin. Kristin has been able to spend more time with Sean ’94 and Nicole Clavette Devine since she moved back to Boston. Kristin is director of K-8 admission at Milton Academy. Y Cara O’Flynn married Adam Bell last June in Brooklyn, N.Y. Y David and Amy Borrell Berner live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with their daughter, Hazel, 5, who started kindergarten this fall. David is a systems administrator at the New York Times, and Amy is managing editor at a health-related website. “We’re making the most of our small backyard by hosting a bunny named Petunia for the summer,” writes Amy. Y Ben Bartlett lives in Berkeley, Calif., and is now chairman of the City of Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission. He oversees a budget of $36 million. He is crafting a plastic bag ban to help save our oceans and is shifting the nation’s first recycling program into a resource development model. Y Lauren Pelz Kearney gave birth to John Burke Kearney in May. “Big sisters Emma and Gracie are very proud of their new little brother,” writes Lauren. Y In 2010 Brian Carovillano and Michele Elliot and their kids, Graham, 2, and Emmy, 6, moved to Thailand, where Brian is Asia-Pacific editor for the Associated Press. They’re settled in and are eager to host any classmates passing through Bangkok. They spent time in the States this summer and caught up with a bunch of friends, including Jill Kooyoomjian, Alisa and Matt Zalosh, Georgia Brian ’96 and Dave Chen, Liz Keith and Jeff Vacanti, and Natasha and Peter Hoffmann. Y Jennifer “Hank” Ancker married John Whelen June 4 under clear blue skies in Darien, Conn., at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, where Jen is currently president. Alums in attendance included John’s sister, Beth Whelen Thut, Dr. Madelyn Meyn, Alice Tilson Koehler, Bruce Mason, Matt Marden, Meredith Dimenna, Anna Redmond Zable, Molly Townsend ’97, Erin Vogel, Laura Finn, and Josh Burker and Meghan Scheck ’97. Y Abe Rogers returned from Afghanistan and is reintegrating in Indiana. He plans on finishing his work to acquire a master’s in education from Boston University in the fall and on coaching the master’s swim team at Harvard. * Josh Burker and Meghan Scheck ’97 welcomed their son, Willem Aleck Scheck Burker, into the world Aug. 3. Y Marc Rubin and his wife, Hillary, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Miles Asher Rubin. Miles arrived a few weeks early in June weighing 4 lbs
and 14 ounces. Miles has been putting on weight like a champion, and both he and his mom are doing fabulously. According to Marc, Miles is already showing early signs of being an intellectual giant and, to that end, has hopes of one day earning a B in Professor Findlay’s macroeconomics class. Maybe even a B+.
1996 Brad Smith firstname.lastname@example.org If you missed reunion you should be ashamed of yourself. The weather was great, there was this giant inflatable bouncy house for the kids, Earl Lewis was there—it was pretty much what you would expect. You also missed hanging out in Marriner, which in all likelihood you also missed your entire Colby career. I have it on good authority that we will be assigned to better digs for the 20th. Maybe even Sturtevant! Y Speaking of Earl, he’s a cook in Dana dining hall. Look, Earl was on my COOT, and I can tell you that the guy likes butter. What better place to surround yourself with butter than in Dana? How awesome is that. Y And speaking of awesome, former Colby soccer star and now Glamour magazine reporter Lauren Iannotti went on a whirlwind roadie through the Middle East and Africa with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You can find the article on Glamour.com, where you can also find a scintillating piece on whether floral and leopard prints go together. Y Miranda Miller missed reunion with a good excuse: birth! She and husband Jud Wolfskill welcomed a daughter, Susannah Charlotte Wolfskill, June 15. Y Here is news of another, though as-yet-unconfirmed, ’96 baby. When I solicited Kirsten Gaudes Rockwell for the class notes, I received her out-of-office message stating that she is currently on maternity leave from Bain and that she’d only be checking e-mail periodically. I assume that she had a baby, but her message said that she would return my message when she is able. I hope to have a full update on her whereabouts and her progeny by the next issue. Y Another ’96er gave birth, but this time it’s the financial kind. Former Grossman RA Adam Muller quit working for Goldman Sachs after seven years to give birth to a hedge fund. Adam shares that he is resting comfortably. Y Apparently there was a West Coast reunion in April, which took place when Jason Imfeld ’97 flew to San Francisco to hang out with Nicole Dannenberg Sorger and Azeen Chamarbagwala. Nicole lives in Belmont (not the Massachusetts one!) with hubbie Jonathan, Noah, 5, and Julian, 21 months. Nicole is happily teaching world history at Crystal Springs Uplands School. Nicole also
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visited with Suzanne Arnold Ennis earlier this spring. Suzanne lives in Manhattan Beach with hubbie Dan, Caroline, 6, and Cameron, 4. She keeps busy with freelance writing projects and motherhood, of course. Y I may have already mentioned this but Melissa Taylor visited Bernadette Graham Hudson and her family at the end of June. Melissa lives in Portland, Ore., and has two girls, Clara, 5 and Nora 2. Y And I saw a picture of Gregg LeBlanc’s son drinking an Irn Bru. This was a much friendlier-on-theeyes picture than the random photograph that LaWaun Curry ’77 found in the Grossman attic in the fall of 1995. For those of you who did not see LaWaun’s photo, let’s just say you missed something unique. Y Please send more notes. Thank you.
1997 Leah Tortola Walton email@example.com I hope this finds you all well. It’s so hard to believe that we are entering our 15th year out of college! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion next June. Y Shawn ’93 and April Armstrong Campbell are moving from Auburn, Mass., to Irvine, Calif., where Shawn will work as vice president of game development at Future Ads. They’re very busy with their two toddlers and are trying to soak up as much family and friend time on the East Coast as possible before the big move. Y Chris and Jennifer Atwood Lesky welcomed a daughter, Caroline Anne, April 6. Congratulations! Y Eliot (Hyun) Jung and his wife welcomed a daughter, Elise, in February. Eliot works for the U.S. Department of State and is stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. He was hoping to find and check out the Colby Club of Tokyo while there. Y Matt Burgener left Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., for a new opportunity in Dallas, Texas, where he’ll work for Copart as senior vice president of marketing. Copart facilitates the sale of salvaged vehicles for insurance companies in the U.S. and internationally and also buys cars from consumers for cash. Y Lisa Tinanoff was married in 2007 and is mother to Eli, 1. She works as a veterinarian at a small animal hospital in Baltimore. She and her family recently traveled to Colorado to visit Jen Adams and her family, and they had a great time in the mountains and reminiscing about the Colby years. Lisa also caught up with Linc Farr at a friend’s wedding last October and got to meet his wife and son. Y Jon ’95 and Denise Mailloux Bowden, along with Wyeth, 2, took a two-week trip to Maine to visit her parents in the lakes region. At a small farmer’s market in Bridgton, she bumped into Scott Monteith for the first time in roughly 10 years! They had just a
brief moment to catch up, but he reported that he’s building a home for himself, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Then he directed them to the best vendors for meat, cheese, and veggies. Y Amy Stengel and her husband, Brian, welcomed a baby girl, Barrett Eliza Moore, May 11. Y Susanna Montezemolo expected a baby Sept. 19. She wrote, “I sure do wish I was spending my third trimester up in Maine instead of D.C.—it’s blisteringly hot here! I’m still working at the Center for Responsible Lending and teaching yoga on the side, although I’ll take a break from both during my maternity leave. I regularly see Cary Gibson, who is doing well and getting ready to embark on a European vacation to Italy and England.” Y I was so excited to see Weyron and Mary Hofmann Henriques and their two sweet sons, Aidan and Timothy, as they traveled east this summer for a family reunion. While here they also visited Christian ’95 and Gwen Nicol Citarella ’96 and their family in New Hampshire as well as Kelly Hagan McCormack, Danielle Herget, Mark House and their families. It was a whirlwind for them, but they took it all in stride. Y I’ve taken on a new role as co-director of the Bedford Family Connection, an allvolunteer group that connects families of young children (up through 5) through fun and educational activities for children as well as parent education seminars, moms’ nights out activities, and community service opportunities. It’s turning out to be a bigger job than I expected, but I’m loving every moment!
1998 Brian M. Gill firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Kazumi Nakanishi on the birth of her first daughter, Nina, June 17, in Paris. Y Laurel Hart married Scott Willey ’96 May 28 in Scott’s hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif. Alums in attendance included Brent Willey ’91, Christian Powell ’96, Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Shelley Wollert (who co-officiated), Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller, Betsy Kies Raftery, Justin and Montine Bowen Fredrickson, Cassie Wayne Gibson, Kristina Smith Gates, Samantha Sheridan Spielman, Nathan Curtis, and David Spiro. Y Paul Caruso married Beth Monahan ’01 April 24, 2010. They recently moved to Weston, Mass., and expect their first child in early October. Y Alice Wong married Raffi Moughamian July 9 in San Francisco. They had a traditional Armenian Orthodox wedding ceremony followed by a traditional Chinese wedding banquet. Geoff Herrick, Marty Elwell, Morgan Filler ’97, and Andy Brown ’99 were in attendance. Alice is
the nurse manager of the medical respite program for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and provides recuperative care for homeless adults being discharged from the hospital. Y Eben Peck and his wife, Colette, welcomed their first child, Lucy Antonia Peck, May 29. She arrived with a shock of red hair and looks forward to hanging out with other Colby babies in the Washington, D.C. area. Y Dave Dodwell is training to kayak to all three points of the Bermuda triangle. Y Kate Dunlop has been the assistant director of communications at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., for four years. She and her husband, photographer Michael Seamans, celebrated their 12th anniversary in May. Kate is still affiliated with her former employer, the Young Authors Foundation of Newton, Mass., through the Teen Ink Writing Program and spends two weeks in New York City every year with dedicated teen writers. She looks forward to completing her M.F.A. in creative writing at Lesley University in January 2013. Y It was great to see Kara Landry Fieldhouse of Bend, Ore., this summer when she was on the East Coast, though sans twins. Y Mike and Abbie Hofman Park welcomed their third child, Dylan WonJae, May 27. Brother Tyler, 5, and sister Sydney, 3 1/2, are thrilled. The Parks live in Fairfax, Va., where Mike works for the Department of Energy as a senior loan officer for the renewable
and go to polo matches with her husband, their giant Bernese mountain dog, and the world’s newest tiny little polo fan. Y Nathan Curtis married Kimberly Bokesch May 7 in Kiawah, S.C. Alumni in attendance were Chris and Kristina Smith Gates, Justin and Montine Bowen Fredrickson, Gray Macmillan ’97, David Spiro, Betsy Kies Raftery, Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Laurel Hart Willey, Dawn Seckler Baltus, Samantha Sheridan Spielman, Leah Bernstein Jacobson, and Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller. Y William Estrada and Juana Anguiano-Estrada welcomed Ernesto Esteban Estrada, or E3, May 26. Now Everett Gutierrez has a play buddy on the West Coast. Y Thanks for the contributions and enjoy autumn.
1999 Lindsay Hayes Hurty email@example.com Melissa Knight DuBois and her husband bought 30 acres of land in Unity, Maine (only two exits away from Colby!), where they spent much of the summer camping, hiking, and clearing land for a cabin. They found this land with the help of their real estate agent, Amie Joseph ’98. Melissa accepted a promotion to head nurse practitioner of the Baker Surgery Inpatient Service, supervising a group of seven inpa-
Alice Wong ’98 is the nurse manager of the medical respite program for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and provides recuperative care for homeless adults being discharged from the hospital. energy loan guarantee program. Abbie is a stay-at-home mom. Y After 10 years in Connecticut, Hilary White moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., and works as a physician’s assistant in the local ER. She’s looking forward to new job challenges and mid-week ski days at Steamboat this winter! Hilary had a blast last year backpacking in the mountains of Patagonia and exploring Vietnam with Elizabeth Castagneto Andrada. Y Jennie Phelps was home for the summer enjoying time with family. She had been away teaching 4-year-olds at an international school in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, and headed back for a second year in August. Y Andrew and Lisa Murphy Maillet welcomed their first child, Tucker Andrew Maillet, July 7. They live in Bristol, R.I. Lisa took the summer off from teaching high school biology and environmental science to learn about babies
tient nurse practitioners at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has worked since graduating from Colby. Y Dr. Douglas Comeau and his wife, Rainelle (Stonehill ’00), welcomed their beautiful daughter to the world May 13. Charlotte Marie Comeau was born at Winchester Hospital, and mom, dad, and baby are all healthy, residing in Melrose, Mass. Doug is team physician for Boston College while also working at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine, the first primary-care sports medicine clinic in Boston. He also serves as faculty for the primary-care sports medicine fellowship through the family medicine department at Boston Medical Center. Doug enjoyed some summer downtime before the busy fall sports coverage schedule began. Y Wes Baff works as a veterinarian in small-animal private practice in Danbury, Conn. In addi-
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alumni at large tion he cruised around Long Island Sound all summer on his boat. Y Alex Wall built a fence to keep his small Pomerian, Felix, in the backyard, where Felix has developed a taste for their cilantro and lettuce patches. Alex enjoyed catching up with Heather Miles in NY when he was in town on business. Heather is engaged and planned on getting married in September. Y Courtney Smith Eisenberg gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte Rebecca, on New Year’s Day. Her sister, Ada, 2, loves having a little sister. Y Becca Mets is finally starting her first real job! Becca also gets to live with her fiancé, Whitney Halgrimson, after three years of being in separate time zones. Becca moved to Denver from DC, where she had done a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology. In Denver Becca started at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Colorado in September. Y Joe Kingsbury and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their first child, Henry Quentin, July 3. The little guy is fantastic, and they’re (still) loving NYC despite the summer heat. Y Billy and Leanna Hush O’Donnell welcomed their baby boy, Liam, in May. Leanna continues to work in urban planning in Fairfax, Va., and loves being a new mom. Y After seven years in the Waterville area, Milan ’01 and Jane Chamberlain Babik and their two boys, Kylian and Matyas, moved to Hamilton, N.Y., where Milan will teach at Colgate. Y Ross McEwen teaches second grade at the Potomac School and coaches the varsity girl’s soccer team. His wife, Monica (Staaterman ’98), is a manager with a regional software company. They have two wonderful daughters, Claire, 3, and Marissa, 17 months. They had a summer BBQ with Ross’ brother Marc ’01, Sean Skulley ’02, and Julie Fidaleo Madison ’98. The McEwans recently traveled to Bermuda and
in services development and marketing for EMC Corporation. Y Our thoughts go out to Erik Quist, who was seriously injured in Iraq when an IED hit his caravan. Erik is recovering in Bethesda, Md., from damage to six vertebrae and both ankles.
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2001 Dana Fowler Charette email@example.com My husband, Jon, and I welcomed our second daughter, Alden Jane Charette, June 1! Alden’s arrival was thrilling to us, but not nearly as much drama as Lisa Hart Olsen’s delivery. Lisa’s baby boy, Lucas William, made a dramatic entrance April 20 by being born in the elevator at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan! He was delivered by an orthopedic surgeon with help from a security guard. It was quite a scene, but luckily everything went smoothly. Lucas joins big sister Hannah, 2. Y Bliss (Woolmington ’02) and Patrick Bernal set off for a five-month trip around the world with their two-year-old, Jude. After their adventure they’re relocating to Vermont. Check out their blog at www. aroundtheworldwithatwoyearold.com. Y Seth and Hilary Spitz Arens welcomed twins Willow Reese and Quinn John June 25! Y Payal Shah and David Fuente had quite a busy year. After two years in India, they relocated to Chapel Hill, N.C., where David started a Ph.D. in city and regional planning at UNC. They welcomed their first child, Zara Shah-Fuente, Feb. 4, and Payal finished her Ph.D. in international and com-
Nathan Boland ’01 defended his Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in August and then moved from Baltimore to Tacoma, Wash., to take a position as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Puget Sound. then took a summer cabin trip to Colorado to spend a week with Ross’s family. Every summer they also head to the Cape to visit Monica’s family and see Graham ’98 and Kirsten Staaterman Nelson ’98 with their twin girls, Camden and Marin, 2. Y Dave and Lissa Baur Matson welcomed James Baur Matson Dec. 5, 2010. They’re having a lot of fun (and less sleep). They moved to New Hampshire this summer and are happy to be close to the beach. Lissa practices rheumatology in the area, and Dave works
parative education from Indiana University in May. During their visits to the Northeast they’ve regularly seen Peter Girard and Emily Fischer ’02, David Riss, Cassic and John Mason, Jess Weisbein, and Pierre Vanden. They also see Asher Ghertner from London and Sara Lovitz from New Zealand when they visit the U.S. Payal and David look forward to a slightly less eventful year. Y Joel and Drew Hall Williams and son Joel Andrew welcomed 10-pound baby James Morris May 10! All four enjoyed
their first trip to Colby for reunion just a few weeks later. Y Nathan Boland and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their second child, Eli, July 10. Nathan defended his Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in August and then moved from Baltimore to Tacoma, Wash., to take a position as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Puget Sound. Y Michelle Farrell accepted a teaching job at UPenn and moved from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia. Y Lindsay Rowland married John Heller, a fellow veterinarian, in April. Heather Olson was her maid of honor, and Marion Matthews Miller was also in attendance. Y Robb Henzi married Pamela Lowenstein and, after a two-week honeymoon in Thailand, he returned to work at Ogilvy & Mather as a marketing strategist. Y Piper (Elliott ’02) and JJ Abodeely welcomed their second, a girl, Keaton Maykel Abodeely, in June. In April they were on an East Coast swing when JJ ran the Boston Marathon and got to mile 16 before the pre-race beer drinking with the usual suspects (Chris Brunet, Jake Civiello, Jeff Guerette, Pierce Cole, Devin Beliveau, and Matt Reeber) slowed him down. The Abodelly’s also caught up with Brian Newman and Geoffrey Sudderth (who completed a rare, prolonged exodus from Atlanta) in NYC. Y Elicia Carmichael received her M.B.A. from Cornell in May and joined Root Capital’s strategy and innovation team, where she’ll assess clean technology investments for agricultural enterprises throughout Latin American. Her home base will be San Jose, Costa Rica. Y Whitney Dayton Brunet wrote that Chris earned his M.B.A. from Yale’s School of Management in May. They’ve returned to Boston, and Chris is back working at Brown Brothers Harriman. Y Gavin Garner, assistant professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was honored with the 2011 Mac Wade Award for outstanding service to the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also won the professor-ofthe-year Award from the Rodman Scholars Program. Y Stu Luth is producing White Alligator, a feature-length dark comedy about “acceptable” racism. The film is based on his wife, Viviana’s, experiences as a white-skinned Puerto Rican actor in New York in an industry that discriminates as a rule. Viviana has to pass as “white” to be eligible for acting work, despite having white skin. White Alligator works to eliminate discrimination, especially in the entertainment industry, and through that, worldwide. Visit whitealligatorthemovie.com.
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Baby time! Phil and Micki Young Armour welcomed son Brayden in June. Y JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely had their second child, a girl, Keaton Maykel, also in June. Y Trevor MacDonald and his wife had a boy, Logan Winslow, in July. All are doing well. Daughter Leah Vivian turned 2 in June. Y Dave Seel and his wife, Jaclyn, had their first child, Eliza Jane. They live on Long Island and Dave continues to enjoy blogging about his food adventures. Y Amanda Cuiffo and her partner, Christy Doyle, had a son, Saben Cooper Cuiffo-Doyle, May 19 in Lebanon, N.H. Y Jared ’01 and Jess Knight Beers welcomed a baby girl, Ruby Adelaide, in July. Y Kate (Zimmerman ’03) and John Marlow had their first child, Declan Thomas, in July. They recently moved to CT and welcome friends and visitors now that they have more space. Y Matt ’01 and Meredith Strasnick Carter had their second son, Jackson Ross, in May. Y Gavin and Bridget Zakielarz Duffy welcomed their first child, a boy, Finnegan Stanley, in June. They live in Atlanta, where Bridget is a pediatrician. Y Chris Cogbill and his wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Grant Hull, in May. They remain in Milwaukie, where Chris and Elizabeth will finish up respective residencies and fellowships at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by a two-year fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Chris reports a quick sighting of Paul Lee and his family (wife Page, daughter Reese) during Paul’s trek across the country from Chicago to begin his internship in general surgery at Virginia Mason in Seattle in July. Y Katie Knepley is a principal at SVB Capital and also started the Wharton executive M.B.A. program and expects to graduate in May 2013. Katie is engaged to David Riester, Middlebury ’05. They live in San Francisco and plan a summer 2012 wedding in Napa or Sonoma. Y Erin Clark finished up at the Yale School of Forestry in May and landed in Montana. She’s working on wilderness issues at wildlife refuges in central and southwestern Montana for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She’s curious who from 2002 has settled in Idaho, Wyoming, or Montana. Y Matt Overton married Kara Goodman in August at the Crane Estate at Castel Hill in Ipswich, Mass. Kara started at Colby and transferred to Simmons College, where she got her R.N. and is now a labor and delivery nurse at Beth Israel. Matt met Kara during his senior year—she was his neighbor in Dana. Matt now works for his family’s brokerage business. Y Rashad Randolph, Coy Dailey ’01, Thomas Jackson ’03, Karima Ummah-Jackson ’04, and Victor Cancel celebrated Thomas’s 30th birthday over Memorial Day weekend. Y Steve Hooper graduated with his M.B.A. from Tuck. After
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The Picture of Health | Bianca Belcher ’03 Bianca Belcher ’03 says she “sort of stumbled” into the health-care field—literally and figuratively. An international studies major and AllNESCAC basketball player, she was in negotiations to play ball professionally in Spain when a last-minute injury derailed her plans. The Lewiston, Maine, native was at loose ends, trying to come up with a Plan B, when she helped out at the primary-care doctor’s office where her mother is a nurse. “I fell in love with health care,” she said. Head over heels. Belcher began by getting into the field of orthotics and prosthetics, earning her professional certificate at the University of Connecticut and working as “the interface between technicians and the patients.” Soon she found herself working in operating rooms, observing surgeons during amputations. “And they’re asking us, ‘Should we cut here or should we cut here? Are you going to be able to give them a more functional brace if we cut here?’” Belcher worked mostly with children who had spinal deformities or who had experienced trauma. She said she was inspired by her young patients, who accepted their conditions and treatment more readily than adults. “It’s heartbreaking to see and know that they’re going to go through so much turmoil in their life,” Belcher said. “But kids are so resilient. You put these large braces on them and they somehow just bounce back and go out and play five minutes later.” After a year working in rehabilitation, Belcher wanted to learn more about treatment and care. She went back to school (a recurring theme) for her post-baccalaureate premedical work at the University of Vermont, applied to
graduation he bicycled across the U.S. with classmates. Steve’s working diligently on a new startup restaurant concept, which he plans to open in 2012 in Seattle. Y Deandra Brassard married Josh Early in June at the White Mountain School, where they met and have been working. Colby classmates in attendance were Chris Castle, Allison MacRae, Jonathan Greene, Chris Schlosser, Natalie Buccola Keilholz, and Danielle Olson Beardsley. Deandra is finishing up her master’s in educating for sustainability from Antioch University New England. They moved to Washington State in September and spent a year skiing, biking, and paddling. Y As for me, I have been
Bianca Belcher ’03, left, who’s in the physician’s assistant program at Northeastern, with Emily Soto, a student at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers in Boston. Soto is a student leader who helped organize Belcher’s health clinic program at the school. (Photo by Julia Bertozzi)
medical school, and was accepted. But she then concluded that being a physician’s assistant would be a better fit. With a year to wait for that program to begin, she earned a master’s in public health at Dartmouth, finishing in June 2010. Two months later she entered the P.A. program at Northeastern. One year in, Belcher has begun clinical rotations and is drawn particularly to neurosurgery after having worked with patients with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Belcher also was selected as a U.S. Schweitzer Fellow, one of about 250 graduate students in the country’s top health and human service schools who
enjoying a glorious summer in the Pacific Northwest. I attended Anna L’Hommedieu and Greg Boyer’s wedding on Mt. Hood with oodles of classmates in attendance (too many to list). Y I invite you all to save the date for our 10th reunion, in June 2012. Details are coming! We are excited to see everyone back on the Hill.
2003 Lauren Tiberio email@example.com Way to go, Class of 2003—lots of great, exciting news to report! Y Presenting new members of the Mule family first: Olivia and
receive fellowships to design a community health project to address an unmet need. Belcher learned that Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, near Northeastern’s campus in Boston, specializes in the health-care fields. But, she said, “they don’t have a school nurse. They barely have a physical education program. They only have two team sports.” She is designing a program offering two clinics per year, staffed by Northeastern P.A. students, and is targeting asthma (prevalent in the inner city and among African Americans) and sexually transmitted diseases. An asthma clinic will help diagnose asthma while teaching the P.A. students to recognize, and high school students to treat, symptoms. The STD clinic will offer one-on-one sessions and create communication tools to help health-care providers educate students about trends in that area. A survey showed that 50 percent of the high school students are sexually active, and 24 percent of those have had sex with three or more people, Belcher said. “These kids are 17 and under,” she said. “It was very eye opening.” Belcher, who lives just north of Boston in Revere, will be overseeing the high school clinics while doing nine five-week rotations at different locations from Boston to Connecticut. “My schedule is pretty crazy,” she said. “I like to keep it nice and packed.” Basketball doesn’t fit into the schedule much, she said, but the former standout point guard has found other athletic activities. “I actually picked up amateur [mixed martial arts] fighting,” Belcher said, “I’ve had a couple of fights. I don’t do it competitively anymore because I want to get into surgery. I don’t want to injure my hands.” —Gerry Boyle ’78
Kyle Burke welcomed Thea Margaret in May. Jeff and Sara Schwartz Mohan had a baby boy, Ryan Benjamin, May 28, and the proud parents report they’re absolutely in love with him. Y Garrett and Amy Lansdale Kephart welcomed a baby… no, not that kind yet… a baby basset hound, Kona, in July (a good replacement for the ferret, Moose, that Garrett harbored in his senior apartment at Colby). They moved to Seattle in August. Y Plenty of weddings to report as well. Mike Jarcho was married in August to Annemarie Pizzo. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Davis, and started a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in August. Y Jeff Halsey married Mandy Y
Talley in Beaver Creek, Colo. in July. The wedding party sounded like trouble, with Jeff Owen, Ian MacPherson, Brad Petersen, Alex Burgess, Adam Cohen, Dan Parise, and Matt Wallerstein as groomsmen. Y Greg Sawyer married Annah Kinsler July 9 in Chittenden, Vt. A bunch of Colby alumni were present, including Andy Danziger, Roger Tiao ’04, Derek Snyder ’04, Billy Twible ’04, Joe Siviski ’04, Mike Molloy ’04, James Oh ’04, and Jamison Sawyer ’13. The couple honeymooned in Belize for a week. Greg is a chief orthopedic surgery resident at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Y Chris Zeien is engaged to Lynn Morley. He finished his M.B.A. at Duke and
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alumni at large moved to Boston, where he looks forward to connecting with other Colby alums. Y Melanie Newton Lago continues to teach kindergarten at Beauvoir Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and started her ninth year of teaching in September. This summer she spent four weeks improving math education through various math camps and professional development opportunities. She ended her summer with a few weeks hiking and traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia with her husband. Y Jesse DeLaughter joined Teach for America as a corps member. He finished at the training institute in Philly and started teaching ESL at the Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Boston. Y Michelle Riffelmacher started at Citi in July doing institutional sales for the securities lending group focusing on U.S. clients. Y Miko Yokoi changed jobs and is now the tribal optometrist for the Indian Health Service Health Center in downtown Reno, Nev. She keeps busy with trips to Lake Tahoe and practicing fire arts like hoop dance and poi spinning. Y Ellen Whitesides taught quant classes at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government over the summer and this fall started working to help states implement the Common Core State Standards, a nationwide education policy. Y Over the summer Chris Reigeluth did research on adolescent development and men’s mental health. He also moved from Boston to Worcester to be closer to his clinical psychology graduate program. Y And last but not least—Hal Hallstein toured east from Boulder over the summer, visiting Mike Lee’s photography gallery and sailing on the wooden boat owned by Nick Owen ’04. He spent time with Jake Beren this fall in canyon country and remains impressed with Aaron McCloskey’s flatpicking. He has mixed feelings about Eric Crabtree moving to Vienna from Oahu. Y Hope everyone had an amazing summer!
2004 Kate Weiler firstname.lastname@example.org Erica Joseffy and Chris Blomberg got married this summer with lots of Colby friends in attendance. Groomsmen included Kyle Lieberman, Brian Foley, and Doug Dua ’05. Bridesmaids included Laurel Wolfrum and Justine Belvin. Others in attendance were Leigh Cummings, Sarah Wolfrum, Sarah Jasinski, Kristin Saucier, and Alex Kronauer ’05. Erica and Chris live in Boston, where Erica is a speech language pathologist at Spaulding Rehab Hospital and Chris is a medical resident at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Y Cynthia Davies started a new job in September as a physician’s assistant at Southern Maine Medical Center in
Biddeford. She spent August in northern India with Himalayan Health Exchange working with a mobile medical clinic. Y Elizabeth Turnbull graduated from Yale’s joint M.B.A./master’s of environmental management program this spring and joined the Adidas Group to support the energy and environmental initiatives in their portfolio of buildings. She’s excited to join the network of Colby alums in the greater Boston area. Y Andrew McKenna-Foster is helping design a new science center for Nantucket through the Maria Mitchell Association. He also completed his first sprint triathlon on Nantucket. I raced Nantucket Triathlon as well and also ran into him at the weekly Nantucket Brant Point Runners 5K, which he wins each week! Y Judd Moldaver lives in LA and was named in the top 40 under 40 list in The Hockey News last January. He is engaged and works at a talent agency representing professional hockey players. Y Tom Rogers and his fiancée, Julia Levine, finished a year-long trip around the world this spring and have settled in Stowe, Vt. They got married Aug. 2 with many Colby alums in attendance, including Nick Markham, Elizabeth Turnbull, Bethany Craig, Clifton Bullard ’07, and Chris Zajchowski ’07. Y Samantha Saeger and her fiancé took time off from their jobs and moved to Sweden for the year to live and breathe orienteering. They’ll spend the year training, learning, and improving as much as they can. They’re both the reigning U.S. orienteering champions. Y Matthew Harrington just opened a hip, new, low-cost, hassle-free gym in Brookline called GymIt. Check it out at www.gymit.com.
2005 Katie Gagne email@example.com Maggie Johnson graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a master’s in biology. She’ll continue her research on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide emissions on coral reefs in a Ph.D. program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego). Y Bill Foley was recently engaged to his long-time girlfriend and plans a Rhode Island wedding for summer 2012. Y Carolyn Hunt and Brendan Carroll celebrated two years of marriage and moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Carolyn works for UPS in its European headquarters. Brendan is finishing his Ph.D. in EU policy. Y Katie Markowski was engaged in March to Christo Dru, whom she met in Chicago while in law school. They’ve relocated to Hollywood, Calif., where Katie took a job with Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C., and Christo began his residency at Cedars Sinai. I’m looking forward to celebrating
00s newsmakers Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Gavin Garner ’01 was honored with the 2011 Mac Wade Award at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Garner was recognized for rebuilding the U.Va. chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, transforming the department’s lab spaces, and continuing the popular mechatronics course after the death of his mentor. Garner also won the professor of the year award from the Rodman Scholars Program. F Playwright Amina McIntyre ’04 premiered her most recent play, In the Garden, at Lenoir-Rhyne University in September. A visiting playwright in resiAnya Toteanu ’08 dence at Lenoir-Rhyne last spring, McIntyre wrote In the Garden as a creative retelling of the Song of Solomon. McIntyre has also had her plays staged at the Indiana Theater Association ITWorks and at Wabash College. F The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research named Anya Toteanu ’08 2011 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) for Massachusetts. A certified insurance service representative for the Richard Soo Hoo Insurance Agency, Toteanu has “demonstrated a level of professionalism beyond her years, a sincere desire to help, and a tremendous amount of courtesy to clients.” Toteanu is now eligible for the national Outstanding CSR of the Year award. F Entrepreneur Nick Friedman ’10 received one of five Entreverge awards from Portland, Maine, PROPEL, a networking organization for young business professionals. Friedman, along with Brandon Pollock ’10, founded Blue Reserve as a senior at Colby and continues to sell the company’s bottleless purified water to businesses statewide. In addition to a brightly colored guitar, consulting advice and access to experienced entrepreneurs come with the award.
their nuptials in May 2012 in Chicago. Y Jake Colognesi graduated from Tuck at Dartmouth in June and now works for a small-growth equity firm, Volition Capital, in Boston. Jake and I will be swapping roles, as I started at Tuck this fall to begin my M.B.A. I plan to regularly see Jon Ryder ’02 and Wayne Harrington, who also started the M.B.A. program, and Carreau Mueller, who works in Dartmouth’s development office. Y Matt Lynes and Maureen Sherry were married in Brookline, Mass., June 25, exactly four years after their first date. A celebration at the Wellesley Botanical Gardens followed, where many alums were in attendance. Y Nick Malick’s short story “The Boy in the Lake” will be published in the Kenyon Review during winter 2012. It was runner-up in the Review’s national 2011 short fiction contest, judged by Ron Carlson. Nick and wife Rebecca (Taylor ’04) are schoolteachers in the San Francisco Bay area, and Juliet, their daughter, is 2. Y Julie Bryar will stay at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as program manager for the chief quality officer. She’s getting married this October to Trinity graduate Dave Porter. Y Peyton McElyea was married July 30 in Beverly Hills to Jen Keith. Steve Bogden, Pat Semmens, Matt Bucklin, and Kyung Ko ’06 served as ushers. Y Wendy Sicard Cole started a master’s program in wildlife sciences at the University of Vermont’s
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Husband John is in his second year of pediatric residency in Burlington, where he started a grant-funded program to teach minority students in the Burlington area to swim. Y Chris and Erin Rockney Van Wagenen had a baby girl named Milly and recently moved to Maine, where Erin started her pediatric residency. Y Kristi Eck was promoted to assistant director of Say Yes in Syracuse and was featured on the news for helping a group of students write and publish several books now sold at Barnes & Noble. Y Meg Musser moved to Raleigh, N.C., to start a veterinary medical oncology residency at NC State. Y Casey McCarthy and Margaret Siciliano ’04 were married this summer in Vermont. * Jillian Parker got married to Paul Blakeslee June 11 in North Yarmouth, Maine. Lauren Wolpin, who introduced the couple, was a bridesmaid. Y Nikki Patel is again living on the East Coast with her husband, Mihir Patel, working as a chiropractor by day and spending her nights as a dedicated mom to Diya, 1. Y Meredith Duval married Kevin O’Brien July 16 in Boston and now lives in Richmond, Va. Y Miranda Silverman got married Oct. 9 at a private estate in Wenham, Mass., to Matthew Gaude, who is the chef de cuisine at Aquitaine in the South End and in the process of opening his own restaurant in Kendall Square.
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Caitlin Grasso and Emily Gavryck were bridesmaids. Y Have a great fall!
2006 Jennifer Coliflores firstname.lastname@example.org Nani Crashley Phillips and Jon Moss ’05 spent a week in Nantucket and saw Marina Stakes, Kendra King, and Malin King ’11 and bumped into Nicole Turgiss ’08 and Rachel Sheinbaum Sullivan ’05. Nani and Jon also met up with Sarah Belden and Steve Markesich ’05 in Baltimore for some Colby fun. Y Katie Chamberlin, Susannah Young, and Kaitlin Adams graduated from Yale School of Nursing’s nurse practitioner program, passed their board exams, and began practicing in pediatric and family primary care in MA, ME, and CT respectively. Y Alex Jospe qualified for the U.S. Orienteering Team this spring and competed for the U.S. at the world championships in orienteering in August in Aix-les-Bains, France. She was more excited for the wine and cheese and croissants than for the orienteering, but represented her country with pride. Last March she competed at the world championships in ski orienteering (basically orienteering but on cross-country ski trails) in Sweden and finished 24th in the world. Y Brian Rodriguez is settling into his family medicine residency in Augusta and recently moved to Brunswick, Maine. Y Julie Chessin married Doug Lambert May 14 in Long Island City, Queens. Several Colbians attended including Dan Osar, Juan Urruela, Adam Rafsky, Matt Birchby, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Kaitlin Herlihy, Jessica Moore ’07, Erika Nelson, Anneliese Radke, Toinette Rivas, Todd Basnight, Jessica Wansart, and Ted Wright. Y Bryan Sanders was named one of Campaigns and Elections 2011 Rising Stars in American Politics. Bryan is a partner at Dresner, Wickers, Barber, Sanders in Little Rock, Ark. Y Liz Shepherd married Chris Christensen in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Emily Tull, Lauren Uhlmann Blazar, and Amanda Stein were bridesmaids, while Laura Harker Hankin and Kristin Schmidt were greeters. Y Greyson Brooks currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In August he interrupted the first week of classes at George Washington University, where he’s pursuing a master’s in development anthropology, for his wedding to Michael Barry on Nantucket. Y Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks are doing well in Ireland. Michael completed his master’s in guidance and counseling at Dublin City University this summer. He still plays basketball and coaches a university team while he looks for a job
guiding high school or college kids. Emily now works as communications director for the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and still writes her blog (www.fromchinavillage. com). Check it out! Y Lauren Erickson continues to live and work in San Francisco and started a graduate program in counseling psychology this fall. Y Katie Lucas became engaged last March to Drew Geant (Princeton ’05). They plan a summer 2012 wedding. Y Jackie Rolleri is heading to Washington, D.C., after graduating from Roger Williams School of Law last spring. She was selected for the Presidential Management Fellowship and will work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Service Center as a natural resource specialist. Y Doug Turnbull ’07 and Sarah Ayres got married June 18 in New Hampshire. There was a nice Colby crowd there including Brooke Barron ’09, Zach Manke ’07, Josiah Taylor ’05, Kate Braemer ’07, Liz Stovall ’07, Nancy McDermott ’08, Chris Andrews ’07, Travis Kendall ’07, Elizabeth Turnbull ’04, Mary Tuttle ’76, Anders Wood ’07, Amanda Hilton ’07, Caroline Turnbull ’10, Anna Morro, Alan and Dorothy Hume, David ’75 and Suzie Benson Turnbull ’75, and Janice Kassman.
2007 Karli Gasteazoro email@example.com Adam Robbins is an associate at Amundi Asset Management, working on how sovereign wealth funds can invest more sustainably. His company hosted a conference in Paris in October. Al Gore and investors representing about $5 trillion attended. Y Rebecca Flint is dean of students at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colo. She got married in June. Y Finn Teach had an artist’s reception for her oil paintings at the Smart Studio Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. In August she visited freshman year roommates Stacy Robillard and Becky Anderson. Y Siuman Ko completed her M.F.A. in drama (major in acting) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She looks forward to her next role with the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies in November. Y Mark Biggar works as a lawyer in Chicago and sees Jeffrey Barrow, Meggie Herlihy ’08, and Casey Civiello ’06 frequently. Jeff also spent time with Darkness, aka Rory Murphy. Y Jordan Levinson finished her M.P.H. at NYU. She works as a research associate with EcoHealth Alliance and plays music at local dives in the East Village and Brooklyn. She planned to bust out of NYC to begin Peace Corps service in Senegal this fall. Y Kate Braemer works as director of the leadership program and waterfront at
Chewonki Camp for Girls. Kate saw Chris Andrews, Liz Stovall, Travis Kendall, and Amanda Hilton at Sarah Ayres ’06 and Doug Turnbull’s wedding. At the end of summer Kate and Josh Taylor ’05 married and plan to spend December in India and then move to Philadelphia. Y Last spring Chris Zajchowski graduated summa cum laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a master’s in experiential education. He works for Loyola University as program coordinator for outdoor experiential education. Y Ashley Hunt got her M.P.H. from Columbia and is consulting with international and domestic organizations working to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. She and Chris Juraska ’06 were married Aug. 6 in Chicago! They live in Brooklyn with their two dogs. Y Robin Respaut was a fellow for the Carnegie Corporation this summer, working at ABC News in the investigative unit with Brian Ross. Y Liz Boeheim finished her M.A. in English literature and teaches writing and literature as an adjunct instructor at the University of Montana in Missoula. Y Jan Weidner and Tony Gill live in Park City, Utah, with their dogs, Trace and Allagash. Jan works as an EMT and Tony is working on a master’s in communication while editing for Telemark Skier magazine and skiing in their movie this fall. Katie Price recently
McAleer and Caroline Donohue. Y Katie Himmelmann got engaged off the coast of Georgetown, Maine, to fellow mule Charlie Hale ’06. They’ve dated since Colby and plan to marry in Maine in fall 2012. Katie lives in San Francisco and finished the first year of her graduate pediatric nursing program at UCSF. Y In April Victoria Yuan and Bernadette Bibber spent time together in San Francisco. In May Bernadette ran into Roy Wilson, Denis Shubleka ’05, and Mark Burke ’86 at Cushing Academy’s graduation, where they all previously taught or currently teach. Bernadette taught and traveled around the U.S. with the American Boychoir School and in September began her master’s of biomedical sciences at UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey). Y See more news online at www.colby.edu/mag.
2008 Palmer McAuliff firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to those who sent in news. I’m happy to report that in August I accepted a position in Boston College’s annual fund office, so I have finally (only three years later…) made my way off of the Hill. It was certainly bittersweet, but it’s great to be surrounded by so many Colby alums in Boston.
Nick Malick ’05’s short story “The Boy in the Lake” will be published in the Kenyon Review during winter 2012. It was runner-up in the Review’s national 2011 short fiction contest.
stayed with them on her way to her new job in California. Y Ellen Newcomb married Clarke Denham (CU Boulder) May 29 in Santa Barbara. Katie Himmelmann sang at the ceremony and Amy Fredrickson, Steph Agrimanakis, and Neila Sage were bridesmaids. Y Anne Cuttler started the Tufts Medical School Maine track in August and is engaged to Nate Hicks. They plan an August 2012 wedding at Sugarloaf. Y Jess Kaplan moved to Denver and works at Denver Health. She enjoys the Rockies while applying to medical schools and sees James Cryan and Liz Coogan when she’s in town. Y Liz Stovall moved to the south side of Chicago and attends the Harris School of Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Y Jamie Singelais and Claire Deeley got married July 16 in Plymouth, N.H. The bridal party included Megan Deeley, Alex Shafer, Tara Bergin, and Sarah Smiley. Also in attendance were Jen
Other classmates are doing equally exciting things. Katie Harris finished her master’s in secondary education at Boston College as a member of the Donovan Urban Teaching Cohort and started a new job as a seventh grade science teacher at Prospect Hill Academy this fall. Y Jamie Luckenbill and Valerie Coit were married July 30 in Portland, Ore. Jessica Coliflores, Erica Kreuter, Christa Miller-Shelley, Taylor Kilian, Sam Reid, and Andrew Kabatznick were in the wedding party. Y Anna Birnberg lives in Chicago and finished her master’s in secondary education last spring at DePaul. This fall she moved to Jaen, Spain, to teach English for the school year. Y In July Stacey Dubois started an M.F.A. program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Y Karina Carley began biking across the country from Oregon to Maine in June and finished Aug. 8! Y After three years with Y
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alumni at large Ogilvy & Mather in San Francisco and Chicago, Melyn Heckleman McKay was given a Global Health Corps fellowship. The fellowship will take her to Kigutu, Burundi, for a year to work for Village Health Works, a rural community clinic. Y Courtney Larson and Jeff Carroll recently got engaged while hiking in New Hampshire. Courtney works as a GIS analyst for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and is applying to grad school. Jeff completed his first year of the master’s of forest science program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The wedding is planned for July 2012 in Minneapolis. Y Bryan Solar and Alex Russell live in Boston, where they’re partnering with the City of Boston on their nonprofit Main Street Partners, which pairs smart young professional volunteers with struggling urban businesses owners. Cadran Cowansage and Mike King volunteer their expertise to handle all the new growth. Y Ed Fox Davis moved to NYC, where he started a new job in project finance with First Solar. He’s crashing with Austin Nicholas ’09 and Brett Guenther ’09. Y Steve Frechette, Christina Feng, and Carolyn Potz ’04 returned from their FirstClicks (www.firstclicks.org) trip to Thailand, where they implemented a computer literacy program. The trip was amazing, they said, and included speaking with kids about career goals and computers, working with two local teachers on a curriculum, touring the local school, and helping set up a wireless network for the classes. Y Darcy Taylor was recently promoted to junior analyst on the Starbucks account at TracyLocke in Wilton, Conn. Y Christina Evriviades and Nicholas Cade are thrilled to announce their engagement. They look forward to celebrating their New England wedding next year surrounded by Colby friends and family. Y Julia Stuebing completed her Fulbright Fellowship in Israel and began law school at the University of Michigan this fall. In August she joined Laura Perille, Sarah E. Clark, Lucas LaViolet, Tom Treat, Brian Putnam, Jennifer Bushee, William Whitledge, and others for a much-anticipated reunion in Estes Park, Colo. Y Thanks for the updates!
2009 Olivia Sterling email@example.com In September Sally Drescher moved in with Matt Ahern, Sara Burbine, and Justine Scott ’08. Y Patrick Boland started a new job as communications director for Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-California) in her Washington, D.C., office. Y Adam Goldfarb received his certificate in fundraising from Canisius College. He’s currently working on
his M.S. in higher education administration at Buffalo State College and works as the VISTA program manager for the Service Collaborative of WNY (formerly WNY AmeriCorps). Y Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 have been hanging out with Elizabeth Zagroba. Y Jason Stigliano visited Ben Hauptman and Ben’s fiancée, Elyse Apantaku, in Brunswick, Maine, in July. Y Scott Zeller worked as assistant tennis pro at the Dublin Lake Club in Dublin, N.H., this summer. He was outside all day teaching tennis. In late August he moved to Boston, where he lives with Scott Carberry, Danny Wasserman, and Josh Sadownik. Y Collin Weiss is attending Roger Williams University School of Law, where he just completed his 1L year. His GPA put him in the top third of his class. Because of his performance on the Law Review Writing Competition, he’s now a member of the Roger Williams Law Review. Y On an amazing summer Saturday, Megan Schafer, Scott Carberry, Christina Mok, and Danny Wasserman visited Scott Zeller in Dublin, N.H. They sailed a 420, dove off a 10-foot platform, and drank Arnold Palmers on the beach. All of them drove to Kennebunkport, Maine, to the beautiful beach house of Fran Nixon ’11 and had a bonfire with Fran, Ben Goldenberg, Maxime Guillaume, Danielle Crochiere, Steph Cotherman, and Jason Hine. To end the weekend, Christina, Ben, and Danielle joined up with Jay Larmon,
Battalion. Our thoughts are with you, Colin. Y Ruth Langton teaches first through third graders at Newton Montessori School in Newton, Mass. This is her second year in a lower elementary classroom. Y Zac Bloom remains in NYC, where he revels in the summer heat and deplores the impending winter. He recently linked up with nonprofit leaders Qiam Amiry and John Campbell and became the communications director for their Afghan Scholars Initiative. Y Carley Millian got engaged to David Silva Aug. 8 during a trip to Napa Valley. Y It’s great to hear from you guys—keep in touch!
2010 Sameera Anwar firstname.lastname@example.org Nick Bromley has been helping Nick Tucker and Sam Rouleau plan their walk from coast to coast offering help to those that need it as they go. More information on this noble adventure is at www.makestrides. net. Y Emma Gildesgame took a train cross-country and saw Sakshi Balani, Alex Teixeira, Adam Boe ’09, and Isaac Opper among others. She currently works on Mt. Washington as a hut naturalist. Y Megan Browning worked on a farm in MA, traveled to Israel and Jordan during winter, and spent the summer helping restore an organic garden on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Y Beth Ponsot and Will Price went
Melyn Heckelman McKay ’08 was given a Global Health Corps fellowship. The fellowship will take her to Kigutu, Burundi, for a year to work for Village Health Works, a rural community clinic. Chris Vancisin and the rest of their softball team, the Boston Bombers, to dominate with a big win! Y Steph Cotherman lived in Boston with Megan Schafer and Danielle Crochiere last year. She just moved to Chicago and started a new job at Energy BBDO. She’s excited to move home! Y Dave Metcalf finished his master’s in accounting at Boston College and starts work for Deloitte in their Boston tax practice this fall. He’s also started taking sections of the CPA exam, and will be very happy when it’s all over. Y Kate Jylkka finished her M.A. in English at Boston College and started teaching English and Chinese at Storm King School in Cornwall, N.Y., this fall. Y Colin Flaherty is in the Army and was deployed to Pasab, Afghanistan, in July. He’ll be there for a year with the 14th Engineering
backpacking for three months across New Zealand, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. They live together in Pittsburgh, where she works for the Post-Gazette. Will started at NYU School of Law this fall. Beth has seen much of Sarajane Blair, who came back during the summer from her Fulbright in Kosovo. Y Tara Davidson finished her teacher residency at MATCH Public Charter Middle School and is the sixth-grade math teacher at MATCH this year. She’s excited to have Aleah Starr ’11 on staff. Y Cindy Guan taught algebra 1 and Chinese culture to high school freshman at Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn. This year she’ll teach Mandarin. Y Kari Rivers spent the year in Bernay, France, teaching English to first through fifth graders. She visited Brandon Beasley in Dublin, Fiona Braslau in London,
Fiona Sheridan-McIver in Madrid, Courtney Cronin in Paris, and Chelsea Nahill in Boston. She works at a French immersion school in St. Louis. Y Katherine Cosgrove is excited to start graduate school in Denver this fall. Y Jenn Corriveau finished up her first round of experiments for her master’s project at UConn and is teaching an honors section this fall. Y Alison Berryman lives in Philadelphia and works in the admissions and recruitment office at Drexel University. She began her master’s in higher education administration at UPenn this fall. Y Katia Setzer started her M.F.A. in painting and drawing at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Y Wedding bells ring for Fran Still and Reuben Biel, who plan to get married next February in Sarasota, Fla. Amy Beich, Emily Wolf, Zach Hussain, and Ben Mickle will attend. Y Bonnie Foley and Jay Mangold live in Williamsburg, Va., and completed their first year of law school at William & Mary. They’re also planning their upcoming wedding, which will be officiated in part by Professor Sandy Maisel. Bonnie, Danielle Carlson, and Amy Snickenberger are training and hope to run the Chicago Marathon later this year. Y Hamdi Sheriff, Carl Richards, and Lamont Henry vacationed in Barbados this spring. Hamdi consults while Carl I-banks, and in their free time they search for their princesses in DC. Lamont is happily married and has become a local celebrity on VA beach. Y Ross Connor works for Adimab, a start-up biotech company in Lebanon, N.H. He lives with Dan Reeves. Y Whit McCarthy moved to Hermosa Beach, La., and started his own granola company, By Hand Granola. Y Kelsey Gibbs and Steve Erario live in Augusta, Maine, working as a lobbyist and carbon-offset consultant respectively. Y Leigh Bullion lives with Ross Nehrt in Minneapolis and works as a personal assistant/organizer for a family. She recently saw Jack Brainard in Indiana for some stellar pizza. Y Andrew Cox works for Epic, a healthcare IT firm in Madison, Wis. He enjoys Madison and hopes to volunteer for an ambulance service and OutReach. Y Andy Bolduc lives in Chicago and works as a staff writer for Groupon. Y Rohan Dutt, Reilly Taylor, Doug Sibor, Scott Veidenheimer, James Westhafer, Julian Patterson, Mary Cummings ’11, Charlotte Wilder ’11, Scott Brown, Dan Marden, Mike Baldwin, Schuyler Weiss, and Bobby Rudolph ’09 came together in South Bristol, Maine, for lawn games and late-night revelry. Y Chris Copeland lives in Portland, Maine, with Ben Many ’09 and works in sports marketing. He recently went to a Manchester United/New England Revolution game with Colby graduates to witness some amazing futbol!
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O B I T U A R I E S Ruth Ramsdell Elfstrom ’32, June 12, 2011, in Wheaton, Ill., at 99. She taught English literature and was dean of women at Lee (Maine) Academy and was also a saleswoman in Chicago for 10 years. She studied pipe organ at the American Conservatory of Music and was an organist and choir director at two churches in Chicago. She also gave private lessons in piano and violin. Survivors include her daughters, Debra Costas and Judith De Poe, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Muriel Walker Dubuc ’34, Aug. 23, 2011, in Winter Park, Fla., at 98. She was a recruiter with the Coast Guard in the early 1940s and stayed active with the reserves, retiring as a commander. She earned a master’s from the University of Chicago and, while moving around with her Army husband, taught English in military schools overseas. She also taught in Maine when they returned in 1966. During retirement in Florida, she taught tai chi, line dancing, and bridge, stayed active with the DAR and Mayflower Society, and played golf. She and her husband established a scholarship fund at Colby. She was predeceased by her mother, Eva LaCasce Walker 1911. Survivors include nieces and nephews. Beulah Fenderson Smith ’36, June 29, 2011, in Kittery, Maine, at 96. Along with her husband, she owned and operated the Elmere Campground in Kennebunk, Maine. She was also a poet and wrote the column “Touchtone” for the York County Coast Star. Predeceased by her husband, Robert Smith ’37, she is survived by four children, Kaaren, Susan, Daniel, and Stephen. Norman R. Dow Jr. ’37, Aug. 21, 2011, in Readfield, Maine, at 97. He served with the Army during World War II as an occupational counselor and then worked for the Social Security Administration. He loved horses and worked at local racetracks, first as race secretary and then as presiding judge. Survivors include his daughter, Susan.
Mary Fairbanks Haskell ’37, Oct. 21, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine, at 95. A mother and homemaker, she was also a nursery school teacher who became the first director of the Manchester, Conn., Project Head Start. She was an avid card player and a world traveler. Predeceased by her husband of 69 years, J. Robert Haskell ’37, she is survived by her sons, John, David ’65, Robertson ’72, and Richard, three grandsons, and three great-grandsons. Muriel Lydia Farnham Johnson ’40, Oct. 12, 2011, in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, at 92. A mother and homemaker, she also ran Brass Knocker Gift Shops in Belgrade Lakes and Boca Raton, Fla. The gift shop in Maine was open from 1948 to 2011. She was active with her church, professional women’s clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, and the historical society. She was predeceased by her brother, Frank Farnham ’40. Survivors include her children, Cary, Carol ’72, and Christopher, two granddaughters, a sister, Lucille Farnham Sturtevant ’49, and nephews and nieces including Dawn Farnham ’67. Albert K. Sawyer ’40, Aug. 12, 2011, in Wilton, Maine, at 92. He served in the Army during World War II, after which he earned a master’s in chemistry from the University of Maine. He taught chemistry at the University of New Hampshire for 36 years, was a judge at state science fairs, and taught workshops for high school teachers. He played the piano and organ, gardened, researched genealogy, and collected books. Survivors include his children, Kathryn, Albert Jr., Tom, and Dave, one grandson, two greatgrandsons, and five siblings. Marjorie Day Weeks ’40, July 8, 2011, in Gorham, Maine, at 94. She was a housewife and mother but also did some teaching. Active in women’s organizations, she belonged to a literary union, AAUW, and the League of Women Voters. Books, music, and gardening were her passions. Survivors include four chil-
dren, Marsha, Steven, Susan, and Amy, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Ada Vinecour Mandell ’41, Aug. 5, 2011, in Haverhill, Mass., at 90. She earned a master’s from Boston University and then taught English at Syracuse University and North Essex Community College. For her involvement in her temple, community, and numerous organizations, she received a distinguished service award and a person of the year award from B’nai B’rith and in 1992 was elected to the YMCA Academy of Women. She loved theater and was a seasoned traveler and an avid bridge player. Survivors include her husband, Stuart, four children, two grandchildren, and a sister. Gerald A. Gilson ’42, June 28, 2011, in Pacifica, Calif., at 89. He was a health and life insurance broker who was interested in his family and friends, classical and jazz music, politics, puzzles, and sports. Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth, and a son. Freda Staples Smith ’44, May 22, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 88. She worked as a secretary at Keyes Fibre while raising her children. She began taking classes at Thomas College in 1979 and in 2008, at 85, was awarded an associate’s degree. She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Brown Staples ’17. Survivors include her children, Sherry and Scott, and four grandchildren. Dorothy Sanford McCunn ’45, Sept. 7, 2011, in Canaan, Conn., at 87. She was a housewife and mother who earned her master’s in education in 1971. She subsequently taught kindergarten and second grade for 20 years. In retirement she was active with her church, the historical society, and numerous civic organizations. She served as the Class of 1945 correspondent and loved to travel. Survivors include her husband, Ian, two sons, and two grandsons. Joyce Theriault Howell ’46, July 6, 2011, in Robbinston, Maine, at 86. She was a housewife and mother
who was active in her church, the historical society, and the local chapter of the Audubon Society. Survivors include her children, Janet and Franklin, two grandchildren, a greatgranddaughter, and three siblings. Dana I. Robinson ’47, Sept. 17, 2011, in Portland, Maine, at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He had a lifelong interest in bettering U.S.-China relations; his job in the defense field and electronics industry allowed him to travel and live around the world, including many years in China. He was an avid tennis player and developed a passion for golf late in life. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Harriet Nourse Robinson ’47. Survivors include three sons, Steven, Davis, and Timothy, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Harriet Nourse Robinson ’47, Aug. 15, 2011, in Concord, N.H., at 85. She was a homemaker and mother who worked retail jobs. In the mid-1990s she and her husband moved to China, where she taught English, studied Chinese, and served with the International Newcomers Network. She enjoyed knitting and cooking and was deemed a great storyteller. She was predeceased by father, Newton Nourse ’19. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Dana Robinson ’47 (who died Sept. 17), three sons, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Frances Nourse Johnston ’49, and nephews and nieces, including Judith Stanley Horn ’65. Everett B. Dowe Jr. ’48, July 4, 2011, in Windsor, Conn., at 85. He joined the Navy in 1943, served for a year before college, and then rejoined during the Korean War. He earned a master’s in education from Trinity College and taught high school physics and chemistry for almost 30 years. For his work on the town council and conservation commission, and for serving as mayor, he was named Windsor’s citizen of the year. He enjoyed reading, bowling, and playing cards. Survivors include Colby / FALL 2011 65
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alumni at large his six children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Gabriel J. Hikel ’48, Aug. 6, 2011, in Pittsfield, Maine, at 91. He left Colby in 1942 to serve in World War II, returning after the war with a Purple Heart. He received a master’s from N YU and then worked for 30 years at the Irving Tanning Company. He served on the boards of SAD 53, Maine Central Institute, and Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Zanie, two sons, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two brothers. Lesleigh Amlaw Perry ’49, Aug. 31, 2011, in White River Junction, Vt., at 84. She worked as a postal clerk in Hancock, Vt., for more than 25 years and was involved with her church, historical society, and senior center. She also served as trustee for the Hancock Public Library. Survivors include her daughters, Jean Middleton and Anne Perry, and three grandchildren. John P. Harriman ’50, Sept. 15, 2011, in San Diego, Calif., at 85. He worked at Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company for 40 years. Survivors include his children, Eileen Miller, John Harriman, and Marty Harriman, and five grandchildren. Robert E. Merriman ’50, June 19, 2011, Exeter, N.H., at 82. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then worked in insurance, retiring as president and CEO of Acord Corporation in Pearl River, N.Y. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nancy Weare Merriman ’52, four daughters, siblings Ruth Merriman ’52 and Richard Merriman ’57, and cousins, including John Edes ’58. Ruth Stetson Pittman ’50, July 19, 2011, in Wilton, N.H., at 82. A champion of the arts, she taught all ages at High Mowing School in Wilton and at Well School in Peterborough. She adored her students, supported performance arts, and loved ancient Chinese painting, Native American art, and everything Italian. Survivors include her daughters, Susan and Liz, and five grandchildren.
John R. Ely ’51, Aug. 3, 2011, in Naples, Fla., at 82. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He bought a taxi business in Westwood, N.J., and later also became a school bus contractor. In retirement he pursued his love of golf. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor, three children, and five grandchildren. Duane A. Hurd ’51, Aug. 16, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 to serve in World War II. After Colby he worked in insurance, played golf and tennis, and rooted for the Patriots. Survivors include his second wife, Marjorie, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Charles H. Whitelaw Jr. ’51, July 4, 2011, in Bingham Farms, Mich., at 82. He worked as an insurance agent for more than 40 years, retiring as partner in Steinhoff, Maas and Whitelaw Insurance Agency. He enjoyed golf and travel. Survivors include his wife, Anne, three children, nine grandchildren, and two sisters. Norman B. Crook ’52, Oct. 4, 2011, in Marlow, Ala., at 81. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and then earned a master’s of divinity from Hartford Seminary Foundation. He was ordained with the United Church of Christ, and while in the ministry he also worked with Bethany Homes. He traveled in an RV during retirement and worked at dog shows. He and his wife, Josette, raised four children. Raymond C. Evans Jr. ’52, Aug. 22, 2011, in Aguanga, Calif., at 81. He served two years in the Navy during the Korean War and then earned a master’s in history from Harvard. He taught high school for a few years before becoming a budget analyst for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). He was an avid proponent of education and enjoyed sailing. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marilyn (Crane ’52), three children, and six grandchildren. Robert T. Morton ’52, May 6, 2011, in Weston, Mass., at 81. In the mid-1950s he was a special agent with the Army and took graduate
obituaries in brief Colby doesn’t always learn about alumni deaths in a timely fashion, and sometimes we cannot locate an obituary. In those cases we publish information available to us, as seen below. Morris Cohen ’35, Jan. 24, 2010, in Ocala, Fla., at 97. F J. Robert Haskell ’37, Aug. 12, 2009, in Scarborough, Maine, at 92. F Barbara Vannah Moore ’41, April 22, 2010, in Atlantic Beach, Fla., at 90. F Lawrence A. Anicetti ’42, Sept. 3, 2009, in San Francisco, Calif., at 89. F Mary Smith Lyon ’44, Jan. 4, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz., at 91. F John G. Bliss ’44, Oct. 22, 2010, in Jaffrey, N.H., at 89. F William H. Walcutt ’48, April 28, 2008, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 84. F Alice Kable Mroz ’49, Feb. 3, 2011, in Salem, N.H., at 82. F Mauril R. Rancourt ’50, May 19, 2003, in Washington, D.C., at 78. F Naomi Jennison Noice ’51, May 16, 2010, in Longwood, Fla., at 80. F Richard B. Hodgkins ’52, April 3, 2003, in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., at 75. F Frederick D. Barnes ’53, Aug. 22, 2001, in Columbus, Ohio, at 80. F John A. Mendles ’60, Dec. 24, 2010, in West Dennis, Mass. F Jeremiah G. MacKenty ’61, Oct. 18, 2008, in Edgartown, Mass., at 70.
classes at the University of Maine. He became a management consultant and was president of his own company. Along with his wife, Nancy, he raised two children, including Heather Morton Tahan ’85. Joseph S. Bryant ’53, Sept. 18, 2011, in Brunswick, Maine, at 80. He served two years in the Navy in the Pacific. An educator, he worked as a high school English teacher, a guidance counselor, head of the guidance department, and eventually principal at Brunswick High School. He loved music and organized family jam sessions and faculty variety shows. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Evelyn, two sons, and four granddaughters. Ann Burger Noonan ’53, July 29, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 79. A homemaker and mother, she was engaged with her church and AAUW, loved to travel, and played bridge and Scrabble. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard ’54. Survivors include six children, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and three brothers. Roger C. Olson ’53, July 19, 2011, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 80. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and then worked as a controller for Trans World Airlines. Along with his surviving wife, Dorothy (Forster ’54), he raised three children. Survivors also include a brother, Clifford ’64, and nephew John Olson ’92.
Joanne Terrill Petersen ’53, June 20, 2011, in Bend, Ore., at 79. She worked briefly for the CIA and then married and raised her family. She was active with the Girl Scouts, ran a hardware store with her husband, and, later in life, earned her teaching certificate and master’s degree. She taught high school for eight years before retiring. She was predeceased by her mother, Winifred Shaw Terrill ’18, and is survived by her husband, Marven, three children, nine grandchildren, and a brother. Laurence B. Taber ’53, Aug. 18, 2011, in Morristown, N.J., at 80. He earned a master’s from Stevens Institute of Technology and then served two years in the Army. He worked as a computer consultant for Union Carbide for 30 years. He was active with his church and the Shade Tree Authority and was borough historian for Madison, N.J. He gardened, collected antiques, and raised Scottish terriers. Survivors include his brother and numerous friends. Robert B. Cross ’54, Aug. 3, 2011, in Suffield, Conn., at 79. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then earned an M.B.A. from Babson. He was a property manager and then a telecommunications manager for Konica. He earned life master status for duplicate bridge, enjoyed sports, and loved history. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen Chambers Cross ’55, two children, two granddaughters, and a sister.
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Melvin D. Phillips ’54, Sept. 12, 2011, in Orlando, Fla., at 79. He served in the Army during the Korean War and before working for New York Telephone, where he became an office manager for what grew into AT&T. A reader, golfer, and history buff, he was a longtime member of the Masons and Rotary and served in leadership roles for the United Way and other civic organizations. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Helen, three children, and three grandchildren. Steven L. Dougherty ’57, Aug. 27, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine, at 75. He established a career in the beverage industry and in the 1970s became owner of Cumberland and York Distributors. He was involved with local politics and served on planning and zoning boards. He loved to sail and typically had a dog by his side. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Jane, three children, and seven grandchildren. Charles B. Twigg ’57, Oct. 21, 2011 in Wellesley, Mass., at 76. He was a lieutenant in the Navy until 1960, when he started working in sales. He subsequently owned two businesses and worked in commercial real estate. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Julia Belzer Twigg ’58, three daughters, including Charmaine Twigg Hartnett ’87, 10 grandchildren, and a brother. Jerome S. Ventra ’57, Dec. 31, 2010, in Valley Stream, N.Y., at 74. He earned two law degrees—LL.B. and J.D.—from St. John’s University and then was a judge advocate and an attorney in New York. He was active with the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild. Survivors include his children, Frank and Suzanne, and a sister. Anthony E. Moore ’59, May 17, 2011, in Danvers, Mass., at 74. He worked in the fishing industry in Maine, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Beyond work he enjoyed fishing, reading, and watching science-fiction movies. Survivors include his wife, Christine, two children, including David Moore ’91, and two grandsons.
Peter N. McFarlane ’60, June 29, 2011, in Evergreen, Colo., at 72. A Colby ROTC graduate, he joined the Air Force and served for 30 years, retiring as colonel. In 1974 he earned a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. With his first wife, Helen (Johnson ’61), he raised three children. William W. Bassett ’62, Sept. 10, 2011, in Tiverton, R.I., at 72. A businessman, he owned an automobile dealership, an antiques center, and a sporting goods retail and mail-order company. He served on the board of local organizations, loved sailing, and played chess. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, six children, and four grandchildren. Richard M. Bonalewicz ’63, June 3, 2011, in North East, Pa., at 70. He served as an Air Force navigator during the Vietnam War and stayed active until 1991 as a liaison officer. He earned a master’s at Sacramento State and a doctorate at University of Oregon, taught science and exercise courses at colleges in New York and Pennsylvania, and coached baseball. A father and mentor to more than 20 AFS students around the world, he was an ardent traveler, visiting more than 160 countries. Survivors include his wife, Marcia, three daughters, and five siblings. Kenneth Federman Willinger ’64, Dec. 25, 2010, in Sagle, Idaho, at 68. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for Hawaii’s Department of Health, consulted with the U.S. Navy’s Alcohol Assessment Program, and taught in the University of Hawaii’s departments of anthropology and counseling psychology—all while maintaining a private clinical psychology practice. In retirement in Idaho, he was a grief counselor and learned to sculpt and paint. Survivors include his wife, Wanita, his mother, a sister, and four cats. Kennon W. Bryan ’65, April 13, 2011, in McLean, Va., at 67. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and then practiced law, becoming a partner, in Fairfax, Va. He was predeceased by
his father, Herbert Bryan ’33, and is survived by his wife, Sally Thompson Bryan ’65, two daughters, five grandchildren, and a brother. Jane Michener Riddell ’66, June 30, 2011, in Asheville, N.C., at 66. She was a homemaker and mother who later in life worked at Asheville Eye Associates. She directed her church choir, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and volunteered at a historical museum. She knitted slippers and afghans for troops overseas. Survivors include her husband, Matt ’65, two sons, three siblings, and five grandchildren. Curtis L. Smith III ’71, June 25, 2011, in Minnesota at 61. A master gardener, he had his own garden design business. He also loved reading, music, and dance and was a fly fisherman and skier. Survivors include his wife, Kaye Denny, a son, his father, and four siblings. He died suddenly of a heart attack. Linda A. Day ’74, Aug. 2, 2011, in San Pedro, Calif., at 59. An artist and professor, she earned an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Her work was exhibited in galleries nationwide and is in private and museum collections. She won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and several residency fellowships. She earned tenure at California State Long Beach but also taught at UCLA and USC. She died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Survivors include her husband, David Scardino, her mother, and two sisters. Deanne K. Herman ’76, July 20, 2011, in Augusta, Maine, at 58. An advocate for locally grown Maine food, she was a founding member of the Fedco Warehouse that distributed food to Maine co-ops. For 23 years she worked for the state of Maine, where she initiated the Maine FarmShare for Seniors program and helped create the “Get Real, Get Maine” motto. She was a photographer, a lover of water sports, and a tennis player. She died from ovarian cancer. Survivors include her mother, Anita, a sister, a niece, and a network of friends. James C. Windhorst ’87, Aug. 12, in Maine, at 46. He worked in the finan-
cial industry and was vice president at Fidelity Investments at the time of his death from lung cancer. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and good-natured competition. He was predeceased by his father, Charles J. Windhorst ’54, and is survived by his wife, Terry Graves, and three children. Isis Mendez Lopez ’99, May 5, 2011, in Cochabamba, Colombia, at 34. She studied engineering at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and worked at Colegio Tiquipaya. The cause of death is unknown. Survivors include her husband, Freddy, a son, her parents, and two sisters. R. Mark Benbow, Oct. 18, 2011, in Baltimore, Md., at 86. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale and joined Colby in 1950 as an instructor. He retired in 1990 as a full professor of English. In addition to teaching, including his renowned Shakespeare course, he served as chair of the English Department and as a member or chair of many College committees. He was known for his wide-ranging intellect, his insistence that students could and should be challenged to go beyond their own known limits, and his unwavering belief in the value of liberal arts education. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ann, four children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister. Arra M. Garab, Aug. 22, 2011, in Rockford, Ill., at 81. Educated at Columbia University, he taught English at Colby from 1957 to 1962. Considered an authority on William Butler Yeats, he wrote Beyond Byzantium: The Last Phase of Yeats’ Career. He became an ordained Episcopalian priest in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Suzanne, three children, and five grandchildren. Wallace Haselton, Aug. 1, 2011, in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., at 89. A pilot with the Navy Air Corps during World War II and the Korean War, he was a business consultant and a bank executive known as the “father of interstate banking.” After retirement he worked to get equipment used for non-invasive treatment for heart problems placed throughout the country. He was a Colby trustee for two terms, 1971-81.
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| Julie Kafka ’12
hen I came back to the Colby garden after a few weeks of leave, I entered a Jurassic jungle. The newly emerging seedlings that I left in late June had grown dense, voracious, and eloquent in their dominion over our three-quarter-acre plot atop Runnals Hill. The zucchini plants were the most impressive. Our wimpy transplants had matured into monstrous Chimeras with leaves the size of my head and thick hollow stems that bore sharp prickles. As I stepped into the waist-high tangle of cucurbit vines to inspect these strange plants, I was transported to prehistoric times. I expected to see small dinosaurs running around my ankles bellowing at each other under the canopy of dense leaves. I carefully pulled aside a long stem that pierced my leg and spotted a small zucchini protruding from the base of the plant with a graceful yellow flower growing out of the top of it. I was astounded. This is where a zucchini comes from? There is something truly beautiful and stunning about witnessing the birth of a vegetable. Working in the Colby organic garden this summer yielded many surprises, but I was most surprised by my own naïvete about the food I eat. I never knew that a lettuce plant bleeds a white, bitter milk when you harvest it. I never knew an asparagus pokes its head out from the mulch, ready to be eaten before it branches into a stout tree. I learned all these things after many hours of brandishing the hoe and the shovel, encountering peace with the tranquility of physical labor. I go to work every morning by way of a path through the woods, out into a field of wildflowers and over to a plot of thriving veggies. Waterville lies below, tucked away beneath the rural expanse. Here I am in the most picturesque spot on Colby’s campus. The heat and the rain can be brutal, but on most days I love it either way, knowing that this weather is what makes the garden strong and, of course, builds character.
At the end of a workday my body feels content and tired, and my mind becomes invigorated. I’ve found that while hours of studying or office work are enervating for the mind and body, weeding, digging, and picking beans on my hands and knees has been ... well, energizing. The previous summer I had a six-week office internship in the U.S. Senate, where I got especially good at alphabetizing documents and playing games online for hours on end. In fact, the most important result of my internship has been that I can include a prestigious description of Senate service on my résumé, not that I specialized in lethargy after working 40 hours a week indoors. Although there were positive aspects to the experience, I have also decided I will not be working in politics. It is disappointing that college students are expected to focus on office work and résumé-building rather than on self-enrichment, because I grew exponentially more by farming this summer than I did last summer working for a senator. Our annual summer vacations end after we graduate, and yet at the beginning of each summer we rush to lock ourselves up indoors behind a desk instead of tapping that dynamic physical energy and creative potential that still makes us “kids.” Maybe this new fever for desk internships is a bit overprescribed. I believe it is more rewarding to pause before entering the professional world and understand how a zucchini grows or to see an asparagus plant erupt from the ground. Late in the summer my gardening partner (and collaborator on this essay) Nina Hatch ’13 and I harvested over 100 pounds of produce in one single morning, and, damn, we were proud of ourselves. We brought out the pushcart, loaded up our cars, and brought a portion of it over to the Waterville homeless shelter and another portion to the Colby dining hall. We were greeted with enthusiasm and accolades at both venues. At the end of each day, we are both always smiling. This has been the perfect, last summer.
illustration by Jessalyn Steinman ’14J
The Miracle of Zucchini
Julie Kafka ’12, of Newton, Mass., is a global studies major with minors in environmental studies and geology.
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